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Victim alleges blood was put in food at ETX restaurant

Victim alleges blood was put in food at ETX restaurant

POSTED: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:22pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:52am

The Lufkin Police Department is investigating a case of food tampering after they received a complaint Tuesday about an employee at a local restaurant.

According to police reports, on Tuesday at around noon, a caller told authorities their food had been contaminated with blood. The victim stated they had ordered the food from a Taco Bell located in the 200 block of South Timberland Drive.

The complainant said they had spoken with an acquaintance, whom they did not get along with, before they ordered. When the victim was moving through the drive thru, they noticed the acquaintance, who was an employee at the business, acting suspiciously. The complainant said they didn't think much of it at the time.

After leaving Taco Bell with their brother, the complainant ate the food at another brother's home. Sometime later, the acquaintance called to say the food had been contaminated with blood. 

At this point, the case was turned over to investigators. No arrests have been at this time.

Lufkin Police Sergeant David Casper stated the victim was also going to attempt to locate the wrappers and turn them over to police.

Drew Durrett and Larry Durrett, owners of the store, issued the following statement to KETK.

"There's virtually no possibility any blood could get into our food with the food safety systems we have in place. We make sure and follow those 100 percent and food safety is number one."

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