The manager of a local KFC was arraigned Wednesday on charges that she threw scalding water into the face of an irate job applicant.
Bhagmattie Persaud, 45, is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.
“We contend she acted in self defense and intend to defend her vigorously,” said her lawyer, James “Jay” Ruane.
On May 3, police were dispatched to the Kentucky Fried Chicken for a dispute. When officers got there, 22-year-old Karielys Ayala was being taken to Bridgeport Hospital where she was treated for second-degree burns to her face, neck, arms, chest and stomach.
She was later charged with second-degree assault.
Police said Persaud, the restaurant manager, told them Ayala had attacked her with a metal pipe and she had thrown scalding water at Ayala in self-defense.
Persaud told officers that earlier she had gotten a phone call from Ayala complaining that she had applied for a job at the KFC but had not been called in for an interview, police said. Persuad told Ayala the manager was unavailable.
A few minutes later, police said, Ayala arrived at the restaurant. She confronted Persaud who admitted she was, in fact, the manager. At that point, Persaud told officers that Ayala became angry and began using profanity, calling Persuad names. Persuad then ordered Ayala to leave the restaurant telling her she would not hire a person with such a nasty attitude.
Police said the surveillance video then showed Ayala pick up a small piece of a metal display and strike Persuad with it on the side of the head. Persaud then threw a container of scalding water at Ayala’s face, police said.
BRIDGEPORT - The manager of a local KFC was arraigned Wednesday on charges that she threw scalding water into the face of an irate job applicant. Bhagmattie Persaud, 45, of Stevens Street, is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. "We contend she acted in...