New Castle News

February 21, 2014

More charged in restaurant brawl

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Charges were filed Thursday against three women in connection with a brawl at a South Side restaurant.

Gabrielle Riccio, 28, of 305 Harding St., Ellwood City, was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and four counts of harassment.

She is the manager of Two Tomato restaurant, 207 E. Long Ave.

According to New Castle police, Riccio spit in the face of a man who was attempting to break up a fight between Riccio and Bobbi Jo Jean Rushmore, 22, of 15 E. Cherry St.

Rushmore was with a group dining at the restaurant Sunday night.

Riccio also spit in the faces of Rushmore and another member of the group, Kaitlynn Parker, police said, adding Riccio’s saliva hit Parker’s infant daughter, too.

Riccio tried to block or swat away a cellphone from Rushmore’s mother, who had been recording Riccio while she was discussing complaints about the service with Rushmore’s group, according to police.

A city policeman said the restaurant’s security video shows Rushmore get up and “aggressively approach Riccio.” Rushmore then pushed Riccio back with her chest and grabbed her by the shirt, police said.

Rushmore and Riccio began fighting over the top of Parker’s child, who was in a highchair, police noted.

The two women eventually landed on the floor in the middle of the dining room and exchanged numerous punches, according to police.

Rushmore had scratches on her face and told police Riccio had stabbed her in the leg with a pen.

Rushmore was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Parker, 19, also of 15 E. Cherry St., was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Police said the video “clearly shows Parker kick Riccio in the face while she is on the ground” and that Parker “was holding her infant child at the time.”

Officers said Parker tried to kick Riccio again after all parties had been separated. Police said Riccio had a swollen nose after the incident that was “likely caused by the kick.”

Charges already have been filed against a man in connection with the incident.

All those charged are awaiting preliminary hearings in District Judge Melissa Amodie’s court.