A Fort Mill man who once worked at a Baxter Village restaurant was charged with assault and battery after the eatery’s manager ordered him to leave on Tuesday, deputies said.
Deputies were sent to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s at about 7:30 p.m. after receiving word of a fight in the back parking lot, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. When deputies arrived, they found the victim, 51, arguing with a shirtless Matthew James Burgess, 27. They also found clothing strewn throughout the parking lot, and the manager suffering from scratches and red marks on his upper torso. Deputies placed Burgess in handcuffs. The victim told authorities that Burgess had been fired from the restaurant a year ago and was placed on trespass notice.
On Tuesday, the manager saw Burgess at the bar with two others, the report states. The manager told Burgess not to worry about his bar tab and just leave the business. Burgess became argumentative, deputies said, even as the manager told him and his friends to leave several times. When Burgess refused, the manager and several other patrons escorted him outside, where a fight between the manager and Burgess began.
A witness told deputies that the manager ordered Burgess to leave, but the former employee became irate and started the fight, the report states. The witness helped walk Burgess out of the restaurant as Burgess began shouting profanities. Burgess, though, told police that the manager began pushing him and his girlfriend, Miranda Kinkopf, out the front door. He maintained that he did not physically hit the manager, although his eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, he smelled of alcohol and could not stand up straight.
Deputies arrested Burgess, charging him with third-degree assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Authorities later arrested and charged Kinkopf, 23, with assault and battery after learning she jumped on the manager’s back and began hitting him during the fray.