New Castle News


February 17, 2014

Man injured in restaurant brawl

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police said an off-duty officer was injured and charges are pending following a South Side restaurant brawl.

Police said they were called around 6 p.m. Sunday to Two Tomato at 207 E. Long Ave., where the off-duty officer had suffered cuts on his head and a crowd had gathered.

They learned the officer had been having dinner with his wife next to a table where a group of people were seated.

One customer at the larger table had complained to the waitress about a problem with her dinner, according to police. The waitress tried to accommodate her and the manager went to the table, where they exchanged words, police learned.

The customer who was complaining became angry, police were told, because the manager had sworn in front of a child at the table, then she got into a fist fight with the manager.

The off-duty officer said he had tried to remove both women from the dining room, but the customer’s brother grabbed him from behind and smashed a glass against his head, cutting him. The man who was cut then identified himself to his alleged assailant as an off-duty officer.

He was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Police said charges are pending against two people in connection with the incident.

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