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February 20, 2014

Man charged in restaurant fight

NEW CASTLE — A Michigan man has been charged in connection with a fight at a South Side restaurant.

Robert D. Rushmore Jr., 20, of Marley, was charged in District Judge Melissa Amodie’s court with one count each of simple assault and harassment for Sunday’s incident at Two Tomato restaurant, 207 E. Long Ave.

Rushmore is accused of hitting an off-duty police officer in the head with a glass, as well as striking, shoving and kicking him.

According to documents filed by New Castle police, the officer said he had been having dinner with his wife and intervened in a fight between a customer and the restaurant manager.

The incident reportedly began with a complaint one of the women in Rushmore’s group had made about her dinner. The woman told police she had become angry because the manager had sworn in front of a child at the table. She then got into a fistfight with the manager.

The policeman said he had been trying to remove both women from the dining room when Rushmore grabbed him from behind and smashed a glass against his head. The officer suffered multiple cuts and was treated at a hospital.

Rushmore’s preliminary hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. March 19.

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