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Surveillance video captured the moment a fight broke out at a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, pizzeria and its owner was knocked out and stomped on when he tried to intervene.
What are the details?
Brothers Pizza owner Mike Scotto di Frego said that it was business as usual early Sunday morning — up to the point where a brawl broke out among at least five people.
In a Facebook post's thread, Scotto di Frego recalled the moment that he tried to intervene in the melee in order to evacuate the restaurant.
He wrote, "Still trying to get the story all together but I was breaking up a fight between two girls and three guys got involved and I got jump and stomped out till I was unconscious, I have 2 boys I’m a single dad I don’t need this in my life."
The restaurateur added, “Thank you everyone for reaching out. I greatly appreciate it. I’m doing a lot better your [sic] just going to have look at my ugly face for the next couple weeks but I will look forward to seeing everyone back at Brothers."
Scotto di Frego made the remarks in a thread announcing reduced hours for the eatery.
The original post said, "I’m sorry to announce this, but do to recent incidents in the store we will no longer be open late nights. This will be our permanent schedule for now Wednesday,Thursday open from 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday 11am-12am Sunday 11am-10pmThank you and Happy Holidays!!"
He told WGHP-TV that he suffered several punches to the head, which rendered him unconscious. Video shows at least one of the suspects repeatedly stomping on Scotto di Frego as he was slumped on the ground and up against the wall.
Sergeant Kevin Bowers of the Winston-Salem Police Department explained that the fight initially broke out between patrons at two different tables.
“There were two different patrons with tables in there and somehow an argument started and then, from the argument, a fight began, and then the business owner tried to break things up and he was assaulted,” Bowers told WGHP-TV.
Authorities ask anyone with information on the brawl or those involved to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700.
(H/T: New York Post)
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