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A fight between two servers Tuesday night outside a California restaurant left one in jail on assault charges, court papers state, and the other in a hospital recovering from emergency surgery on his broken bones.
A judge ordered Thursday morning that Jorge H. Menchaca, 38, of Lexington Park remain in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $10,000 bond on the charges from the incident at the Monterey restaurant in the San Souci shopping center.
St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies went on Wednesday to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, court papers state, where Estuardo Villatoro told them that he and Menchaca got into an argument the night before at the restaurant because Villatoro brought water to a customers’ table instead of the drinks they had ordered.
“Menchaca stated he was going to finish this argument after work,” court papers state, and it did resume when Villatoro finished his shift at about 10 p.m. and the suspect confronted him outside.
“The argument escalated when Menchaca kicked the victim in the lower leg, causing him to hit the ground,” sheriff’s deputy Trevor Teague wrote in a statement of probable cause. “Menchaca then punched the victim in the head numerous times.”
Menchaca was arrested later Wednesday at the restaurant, and his hands were still swollen “from striking the victim in the face,” charging papers state. Menchaca, born in Mexico, told a court commissioner that he has worked at the restaurant for five years.
“He has made a life for himself here,” public defender Sarah Elkins said Thursday at the suspect’s bond hearing, “and he has a home in Lexington Park. He has no plans to leave the county, and no criminal history.”
District Judge E. Gregory Wells ordered that if Menchaca gains pretrial release, he must have no contact with Villatoro.