Man arrested after allegedly attacking Pleasant Street pizzeria clerk in Northampton with gumball machine
NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man is facing a string of charges after an altercation at a downtown restaurant Thursday night in which police say he struck a clerk with a gumball machine and caused other damage during an argument over how long he had to wait for a pizza he ordered.
Police said that after waiting more than 30 minutes for his dinner at Mimmo’s Pizza at 71 Pleasant St., Patrick H. Hogan, 24, of Holyoke, began to complain and demand a refund. An argument between Hogan and the clerk ensued, at which point Hogan grabbed the gumball machine and tossed it at the clerk, according to Captain Jody Kasper. The machine hit the clerk in the lower leg, but did not cause serious injury, said Kasper.
Hogan was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (gumball machine); assault and battery; vandalizing property; malicious destruction of property over $250; and larceny over $250.
According to police reports, after the gumball machine was thrown, the clerk then threw the pizza and money in the direction of Hogan, missing him and during the melee, Hogan allegedly caused about $275 worth of damage in the restaurant. In addition to the gumball machine, he is alleged to have damaged a clock and cash register.
Hogan left the restaurant and was followed by the clerk’s friend, who was recording the altercation with his phone, according to police reports, and then Hogan grabbed the phone and smashed it on the ground. When the 23-year-old Ludlow man tried to pick up the phone, Hogan punched him in the head twice, police say.
Officers were called to the scene at about 10:30 p.m. and a short time later stopped Hogan as he was attempting to drive out of a parking lot of a nearby restaurant.