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2 laundry workers get steamed as gun is pulled in workplace brawl

A workplace dispute at a Fayetteville business last week led to the arrests of two coworkers. And for one, the incident resulted in a host of charges, including aggravated assault. The dispute began over clothes at a local dry cleaners and quickly escalated to a physical assault.

Melinda James, 53, of Atlanta, was charged with aggravated assault, battery, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction, pointing a weapon at others, reckless conduct and using fighting words, according to Fayetteville Police Det. Jeff Harris.

Also charged with battery, fighting in public and using fighting words was 40-year-old Riverdale resident Adelina Brovo-Ricardes, Harris said.

Harris said the incident occurred July 22 as the two women were at work at the cleaners. They got into a verbal dispute over clothing, Harris said, adding that the incident soon led to both women later admitting that they pushed, shoved and slapped each other and called the other names. At one point during the altercation James pushed Brovo-Ricardes down onto the floor, injuring her left shoulder, Harris said.

James then left the building and took a gun from her car, then brought it back into the business, said Harris, noting that she then pointed the gun at Brovo-Ricardes and said, “I’m going to kill you, m-f-.”

Harris said it was at that point that Brovo-Ricardes ran out of the store, telling the clerk on duty that James had a gun.

Fayetteville Police got involved the following day when Brovo-Ricardes called about the incident. Harris said officers arriving at the scene noticed Brovo-Ricardes’ arm in a sling and observed that she appeared to be in pain relating to the injury to her left shoulder. An ambulance was called and the woman was transported for evaluation.

When questioned by officers about her part in the incident James at first lied about the weapon, though officers later found it on the premises, said Harris. The gun was loaded, Harris said.

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Cyclist's picture

This must have been one heck of a "cat fight". Pushing, slapping, the use of fighting words and I guess someone finally mentioned something about a "<strong>m</strong>other's <strong>f</strong>riend".

We must send our special agent to investigate this. CHR$ wake up! You've got some investigating to do!

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Seems to me that they should have been able to IRON out their differences!

Cyclist's picture

"Iron" out their differences. That was good!!!!

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Mike King's picture

..Should CHR$ become involved, it would require another 'blue' pill to insure four hours of blogging. Are we sure its worth the aggravation?

A case of a pot calling the kettle burned!
It really must be awful living here for some when they have to see the President every day on TV and know that soon the local Commissioners will be wiped out! We are still short of judges----what's wrong with Sonny?

What are "fighting words?"
Which words are they? Do they give you the right to go get your gun?
Is there a law against "fighting words?"
Do you have to warn the other feller that he just used "fighting words," and then you can shoot them or something worse maybe?
Is that a Georgia thang?
I'll just bet you the supreme court would list them as something about: One's Father or particularly one's Mother, a democrat, a Catholic, or a triple dipper!

No, I said light starch.

Not about starch, I heard about 1:00 that it was about Arizona's losing their case in court to begin their own foreign policy!
%0 other states would have soon had their own foreign policy also if it had gotten by the judge. Of course the Supremes will eventually have to say the same thing or we will have 50 states, D.C. Puerto Rica, and the Samoan Islands trying to deal with Alaska----no, they are one of the 50, sorry!
Russia already had diplomats heading for Phoenix but turned them around.
Alabama wanted to recognize New York City so they could visit.

There are 500 Montanans ready at the drop of a hat to begin the roundup of the 30 million illegals and they have stated all they want is $10 a head. No jails will be needed. Just don't dig near that big bulldozer!

Well, did the cop ask for papers? He could since there was a reason to do so. (Oh, they were both Caucasian? One just married a Hispanic---I see.)
Was there anything actually illegal about the pistole since no shots were apparently fired? Can't you even take them into bars now? Churches, also?

Them hot workplaces make for hot tempers.

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