‘Like A Looney Tunes cartoon’: Worker hurt during pizza fight in NYC
NEW YORK — When a man hits your eye with a big pizza pie, that’s a brawla.
A fight broke out at a popular pizzeria in New York City earlier this month, leaving two men injured, including a worker, and one man facing charges, authorities said Tuesday.
According to the New York Police Department, the fight began at around 3 a.m. EDT on July 17 in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, WPIX reported.
At least six men got into an argument that escalated, according to WCBS. Multiple punches were thrown and one man hit another with a pizza paddle, the television station reported.
Ronnie Kabbani said he took out his cellphone and began recording.
“The guys in the back were like, ‘Please stay behind the counter,’ and then they came, they rushed them,” Kabbani told WCBS. “Not really sure who threw the first punch. It was complete mayhem. It was like a Looney Tunes cartoon.”
A 34-year-old employee was punched in the face and taken to an area hospital, WPIX reported. A 32-year-old man who was helping customers also was punched, the television station reported.
Erind Prelvukaj, 33, of West Nyack, New York, was arrested and faces several charges of assault, the television station reported.
Prelvukaj said the fight began because of intoxicated customers harassing a woman and a worker attempting to intervene, WPIX reported.
“I have been in that shop several times. I have a clean record,” he told the television station. “Why would I try to do something like that? I have family, kids.
“I was trying to control the situation,” Prelvukaj told WPIX. “It looks like I was beating them up but I was protecting myself,” he added.
One customer can be heard in the video saying, “I’m still waiting for my pizza, by the way,” according to News 12 The Bronx.
“You’re not getting it,” another customer said in the video, according to the television station.