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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A Bloomington man is behind bars, accused of walking into a restaurant downtown and trying to stab an unsuspecting employee.

Officers arrested Chadley Lintz, 33, on Wednesday. Lintz was tied to two crimes. In the first, a man said he was repeatedly punched in the face and robbed at 6th and Lincoln. Lintz has not been charged in that case.

In the other case, though, Lintz faces multiple charges.

According to court documents, an employee was in the kitchen at Grazie Italian restaurant around 2:45, when Lintz walked in through the back door.

He "initially thought that (Lintz) was a new employee and asked (him) to identify himself," an officer said.

The employee quickly noticed that Lintz appeared intoxicated, and when he asked him to leave, Lintz "pushed past (him) ... grabbed a kitchen knife which was sitting on a table," then "...held the knife in a manner as to 'stab him,' and began charging towards him."

The employee was able to escape into the restaurant and call police. Lintz left, and was later caught by officers at a parking garage across from the Monroe County Jail.

Prosecutors charged Lintz with criminal recklessness and intimidation, both felonies, as well as misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance, theft, resisting law enforcement, and battery.

The arrest comes as police and city officials have for months been working to curb crime downtown.

Overall, people walking around downtown on Friday told FOX59 they felt safe in Bloomington and did not consider crime there a serious threat.

"I never see any crime," resident A.J. Piergiovanni said.

"Downtown’s a nice, busy place, lots of pedestrians, lots of activity so it’s nice when other people are around," resident Jodee Ellett said.