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In a WLOS interview from Friday, restaurateur Hector Diaz said that a female parking attendant grew angry when she thought he was backing his car into her, and struck him with her citation device when he exited the vehicle. Diaz indicated he did not initiate the altercation, and struck the attendant accidentally with his clipboard when she approached him forcefully.
However, an eyewitness to the event corroborated the attendant’s story: That Diaz yelled at the attendant, shoved her, and punched her in the head after she stood near his car, tagging it into the system.
View the WLOS story with Diaz’ interview here.
The Citizen-Times also has more here: Asheville restaurateur charged with assault
A witness called police and confirmed the alleged victim’s story in a police report. He said he was sitting in his vehicle on Wall Street and saw what happened in a rear-view mirror.
The witness said in the police report that he did not see the vehicle back up toward the city employee. He told police he saw Diaz get out of the vehicle and yell at the worker. The witness also told police he saw Diaz “push the victim and started punching her in the head area,” according to the police report.
At that point, the witness told police, he approached Diaz and started yelling at him to leave. Diaz yelled an obscenity at the man, according to the witness’ statement to police, and left only after the witness said he was going to call the police.
Diaz was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female. The attendant was not charged.
An exceptionally talented Asheville restauranteur, Diaz owns several popular local restaurants including Modesto, Chorizo, Salsa’s and Bomba.
Well-known restauranteur Hector Diaz was arrested on Thursday and charged with hitting a parking attendant. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports:
The parking worker was behind a blue Honda Crossover on Wall Street parked in a 30-minute loading zone and tagging it into the system when it began moving toward her. She was not issuing a citation, she later told police.
She told police she began beating the car to get the driver’s attention. The driver got out and walked toward her yelling an obscenity and telling her to stop banging on her car.
He then pushed her and hit her in the head with his fists, according to her statement to police.
The story goes on to say that Diaz told police that he’s been stressed out lately, and that he regrets his actions. Diaz is the owner of Salsa’s, Chorizo and Modesto, all respected eateries that serve up tasty dishes.
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