A group of sushi restaurant employees and a police officer were able to foil a robbery by a man posing as an NStar employee.
A man wearing an orange NStar jacket walked in to Snappy Sushi on Newbury Street about 6:30 p.m. last night and asked the manager to read the meter.
When the manager showed the employee downstairs to the meter the man allegedly pulled a knife and demanded access to the restaurant’s safe.
When the manager told the man that it was upstairs, the man attempted to zip tie the manager’s hands, but the manager began fighting.
The man tried to flee by running upstairs, but he was stopped by employees.
One employee went outside a found a police officer nearby working a detail.
When the officer arrived the man and employees were arguing.
The employees told the officer about the attempted robbery and the officer arrested Barry Shea, 43, of Boston.
Shea was charged with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The manager suffered a cut on his hand and was treated for an injury that was not life-threatening.