CLEVELAND, Ohio – A man from Lakewood is accused of assaulting a liquor store owner and his 65-year-old father after the duo denied letting him buy items with a bad credit card, according to the police.
Nicholas Wilson, 28, is charged with felony assault. He is not in police custody and an arrest warrant was issued for him on Thursday.
Two other men – Michael Rivas Vazquez, 41, and Roberto Rodriguez, 42 – told police they were at a Memorial Day barbecue nearby and jumped to help Wilson, who they believed was being attacked.
They are charged with attempted criminal assault and are being held at Cuyahoga County Jail on $ 20,000 bond.
The 37-year-old store owner and his father were taken to MetroHealth, where they were in critical condition, according to police reports. The owner’s father suffered a fractured skull, court records show. An updated condition was not available on Saturday.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. on Memorial Day at the State Road Beverage and Liquor store.
Wilson walked into the store, tried to buy a few items and gave the 65-year-old an unnamed credit card, according to police reports. He told Wilson he couldn’t accept the card.
Wilson became enraged and ransacked the store, knocking over items on the counter and smashing liquor bottles, according to police reports.
The owner and his father kicked Wilson out of the store, police said.
Wilson turned and punched the 65-year-old in the face, according to police reports. The store owner jumped in the middle of the scuffle and Wilson tried to jump into his SUV, according to police reports.
The 65-year-old has sued Wilson, according to police reports.
Vazquez and Rodriguez saw the fight from the front yard of the house and tried to help Wilson, believing he was being attacked, according to police reports.
Wilson then tackled the 65-year-old to the ground and repeatedly kicked him, police said.
Rodriguez pushed the store owner to the ground and repeatedly punched him in the face, according to police reports. Vazquez then repeatedly punched another store worker in the chest, according to police reports.
A large group of people surrounded the fighters and said the police had been called.
Wilson got into his SUV and drove off and Vazquez and Rodriquez returned to their party, according to police reports.
Police found the 65-year-old unconscious and bleeding profusely from his left ear, according to police reports. The store owner had multiple cuts and bruises on his face and neck, police said.
Rodriguez told police he rushed into battle, but did not hit anyone, according to police reports.
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