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Reader Reports Early Morning Assault at Italian Pizza Kitchen

by Prince Of Petworth April 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm 14 Comments

italian pizza kitchen
1110 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Went Sunday (4/17) around 3am with a friend to get some slices of pizza. After I placed my order, I stepped aside to wait for my pizza to be ready. While waiting, a belligerent guy in line to order pizza assaulted another guy standing behind him in line. From what I recall, he wasn’t punched but he was pushed & shoved by the assailant. We were standing right next to them when this happened. Then, within minutes, maybe even seconds, my friend (who was standing directly in front of me) was hit in the mouth (direct hit) by the assailant. He got knocked to the ground. As I was trying to help my friend, the assailant knocked my glasses off of my face. By the time I got my glasses back from a patron and could see again, the assailant was gone.

No one in the pizzeria, neither the staff nor patrons, were at all concerned about the two assaults that had just occurred. I didn’t expect patrons to intervene, but I was greatly disappointed and upset that no one working there came over to us to ask us how we were or if we wanted them to call the police. Instead, they just ignored us and didn’t do anything. Not one person who worked there asked us if we were okay or if they could do anything.

When we got back to my apartment, my friend and I called the police and filed a police report and we included the fact that the Italian Kitchen on U staff did nothing to help us.”

  • Anony

    Sorry for the incident and hope that the alleged assailant is caught. It is disappointing to hear about the lack of concern by the staff as well. Unfortunately, as my father always told me nothing good ever happens after 2am.

  • donewithentitlement

    Hey, minimum wage restaurant worker, come risk your life to help us after WE DID NOTHING ONLY MOMENTS BEFORE WHEN ANOTHER ASSAULT HAPPENED.

    • VV

      I don’t think anyone expects food service workers to endanger themselves by stepping in when there’s an altercation, but at least see if the victim needs help afterwards…

    • JD

      Regardless of how much a person makes, it is called human decency to check on someone if they have been assaulted in your restaurant. No one is saying the person had to jump in and arrest the guy, but at least they could do is see if the assault victims are OK.

  • petworther

    Late night fights in the pizza line are basically a DC tradition.

  • Adam

    Sounds like a typical night out on U Street, H Street, or Adams Morgan

  • A. nony mous

    Nothing makes you question humanity more than the bystander effect

  • jdre

    I think it would have been nice of them to say something – but personally, I don’t expect people slinging pizza at 3 am to really go out of there way to do anything for me; I’d consider myself lucky to even get the slice of pizza.
    I’m sure on the range of things the staff has seen drunk people do outside their pizza place at 3 am, a guy punching a couple guys and walking off is on the ho-hum end of the spectrum.
    Not to say it wasn’t a crime, or that the OP isn’t valid in feeling assaulted. I just, personally, wouldn’t be additionally upset that the pizza guy displayed some sangfroid.

    • jdre

      out of their* way

  • Truxton Thomas

    Pizza Mart would have served up vigilante justice, and extra pepperoni.

  • reality

    Sorry this happened to you. I like Italian Pizza Kitchen and am disappointed they didn’t at least offer to call the police or find you a seat.

  • Andrew

    They have cameras all over the place in that store. The police should be able to request that footage easily.

  • frickorfrack

    Imagine being a Syrian refugee? The whole world is watching and 99.9% don’t do anything.
    How cruel, no?

  • LiveInNeighborhood

    Seriously…why would you expect staff to intervene? They are trying to make a living during a graveyard shift. This is probably their third or fourth job so they can pay rent and buy groceries. I’ve had the graveyard shift and met many people who are scraping by. They can’t afford to get hurt. Also at 3AM I run into so many drunk crazy belligerent obnoxious college students or 2O year old in the burbs….c’mon now…don’t be out if you want to be safe. Would you have intervened? It didn’t sound like it.


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