HENRICO COUNTY, Va.. -- A man has been arrested and three people were treated for injuries after a fight broke out at Golden Corral in Henrico's West End Monday.
Multiple police and fire units were called to the restaurant at Gaskins Road and West Broad Street at about 12:21 p.m. for an incident described as "an assault with multiple patients."
The fight broke out among cooks in the kitchen, then spilled out into the dining room, according to witnesses and law enforcement sources.
They say former Golden Corral employee, Bahaa Gemin Fayez, was working inside washing dishes when he said other people started bullying him and calling him "el diablo," which is Spanish for "the devil."
He's accused of then grabbing a two-and-a-half-foot-long skewer used to roast chicken and assaulting two co-workers and a customer.
That customer, we are told, tackled Fayez and held him until police arrived.
Police have charged Fayez with four counts of malicious wounding.
"I heard people yelling and two guys come flying out of the back area literally in a fist fight brawl," witness Stephanie Morton said. "A customer jumped in and try to stop the fight."
Morton, who was enjoying lunch with her husband and child, said before she saw the fight, she heard pots and pans falling in the kitchen.
Henrico Fire spokesman Capt. Taylor Goodman confirmed three people were transported for treatment.
The extent of the injuries has not yet been released.
Platinum Corral, a franchisee of Golden Corral sent CBS 6 a statement a statement saying the individual responsible has been fired:
“Our restaurant location at 4050 Gaskins Road in Glen Allen temporarily closed following an isolated internal altercation. We are working closely with authorities to address the incident, and the individual responsible is no longer employed by us.
The safety and well-being of our guests and employees are always top priorities for Golden Corral. We appreciate the swift actions of our management staff as well as the rapid response and support of our local first responders. The restaurant is open for business.”
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