Gas Station Brawl – Accused Employees Appear In Court

0

The video of an incident at a Gas station went viral over the weekend and now those involved have faced the courts.

The attorney for two of three men charged with assaulting two black women last week denied on Thursday that the defendants are racist and rejected calls to upgrade the charges against them. Mr. Shrager represents Balkar “Bill” Singh, 40, of Harmar, and Sukhjinder “Simon” Sadhra, 35, of Ross, Pittsburgh.

Police said a review of multiple videos showed a female customer initiated a confrontation inside the store that spilt outside and quickly became violent. One of the videos from a bystander showed “a lengthy physical confrontation” in which male store owners struck one of the customers in the back of the head multiple times.

Mr. Shrager said his clients have been in the country for almost 10 years. Stating they know what it’s like to experience racism in the United States. A third man, gas station employee Scott Hill, 50, of Perry South, has also been charged.

All three defendants are charged with simple assault, a misdemeanour. Mr. Hill and Mr. Singh are also charged with criminal conspiracy.

Pittsburgh council members and activists have been clamouring for prosecutors to upgrade the case to aggravated assault, a felony.

The charges resulted from a fight Friday night involving two sisters, Jamila Regan, 25, and Ashia Regan, 27, both of the North Side, during a dispute over spilled gas. The fight was captured on video and circulated on social media.

“It’s a terrible thing for all the parties, and it’s all over $17,” Mr. Shrager said. “This didn’t have to happen but we can resolve it through the courts. My clients have received death threats over this.”

He said the video speaks for itself and declined to discuss specific details of how the incident unfolded.

“There was a dispute, a civil conversation that escalated,” he said. “I urge all people, whenever you’re having difficulty or a dispute, please don’t let it get out of hand. My clients have no criminal history. This could have been totally avoided by all parties.”

Police said a review of multiple videos showed a female customer initiated a confrontation inside the store that spilt outside and quickly became violent. One of the videos from a bystander showed “a lengthy physical confrontation” in which male store owners struck one of the customers in the back of the head multiple times.

Share.

About Author

Leave A Reply

error: Content is protected !!