Two people were arrested Thursday after allegedly leaving Clemente’s Seafood without paying, leading one man to later pull a knife on the restaurant’s owner.
Jeremy Dylan Cordi, 33, of Portland, and Stephanie A. Saldana, 34, of Wilsonville, were eating at the restaurant when they went outside, saying they were taking a smoke break. Saldana walked away from the restaurant, and Cordi allegedly did the same soon after.
Gordon Clement, the restaurant’s owner, began chasing Cordi after seeing him leave. After Clement cornered him a couple of blocks away, Cordi allegedly pulled out a knife.
Astoria police officers arrived moments later and arrested Cordi. He was taken to the Clatsop County Jail and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon with intent to use, menacing and third-degree theft.
Police also cited and released Saldana on a third-degree theft charge.
Clement co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Clatsop County Commissioner Lisa Clement.