By CBSNewYork Team

WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A mask dispute turned into a disturbing attack at a Burger King in New Jersey, police say.

Police say David Siversten choked a female employee around 4 p.m. on March 27 inside the restaurant on Route 23 South in Wayne.

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Investigators determined Siversten had visited the Burger King the day before and gotten into an argument with employees about not wearing a mask. He allegedly came back the next day, walked up to the victim and started strangling her.

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(Credit: Township of Wayne Police Department)

Police said he fled the scene before officers arrived, but they found him sitting in a driveway on Newark-Pompton Turnpike.

Siversten allegedly appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and told officers “you got me.”

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Police said he became uncooperative during his arrest and slammed his head against a steel bench. He was held on an aggravated assault charge.

CBSNewYork Team