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PITTSBURGH, PA (September 21, 2019) – Multiple people are facing criminal charges following a violent assault at a North Side gas station that was caught on video and went viral on social media due to its disturbing nature.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers responded to a report of a fight on the 2500 block of Brighton Road on Friday around 6:45 p.m. between the male gas station owners and two female customers.
Per the initial investigation: A verbal confrontation began over spilled gas. The customers said a pump malfunctioned and demanded a refund. The store owners denied the refund. A verbal confrontation quickly became violent.
As part of the investigation, officers reviewed multiple videos of the incident.
One video taken by a bystander showed a lengthy physical confrontation in which the male store owners struck one of the females in the back of the head multiple times, and an employee grabbed one of the females by her hair and dragged her across pavement. Police also reviewed the gas station’s security camera which showed the female customer initiating the confrontation inside the store before it moved outside.
As a result of the investigation, Police determined that assault charges should be filed against the gas station owners and employee. Police submitted the paperwork to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office Friday night. If the District Attorney determines that charges should rise above simple assault to the level of aggravated assault, the paperwork will be amended.
Police investigate all violence seriously. The video showing the assault on these women is particularly disturbing as multiple men held down the women while punching them repeatedly.
Police are continuing to investigate, which will include a review of any dash cam video and body cam video. Additional charges could follow. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Zone 1 detectives at (412) 323-7201.