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Man beaten in Long Island Applebee’s bathroom, another man stabbed

Posted at 8:24 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 04:40:59-04

VALLEY STREAM, NY — Four people were arrested after an argument at a Long Island Applebee’s restaurant got violent on Saturday night, police said.

Daryl Russell, 28, and Hugh Stewart, 27, argued with Jonathan Garcia, 24, and Jesse Bulla, 24, officials said. Shortly after that, Russell was followed into the bathroom by Garcia and Bulla.

Garcia and Bulla allegedly repeatedly punched Russell, then left the bathroom, police said.

When Russell and Stewart tried to leave the restaurant, the situation escalated near the exit door and Garcia was stabbed, officials said. It’s not clear who stabbed him. He suffered a punctured lung.

All four men were arrested and two knives were recovered at the Applebee’s. Garcia and Russell were both taken to local hospitals.

Russell, who has a white, powdery substance with him, was charged with assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Stewart was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Police charged both Garcia and Bulla with assault.

All four men are scheduled to be arraigned Monday at  First District Court in Hempstead.

Doherty Enterprises, Inc., the local franchisee of the Applebee’s location released a statement early Monday morning:

“The safety and security of our guests and employees is always our top priority. Aggressive behavior is never permitted at any of our locations, so we applaud the swift and decisive action of our team to call the police in an effort to protect our guests and employees. We have and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities on this matter. As this is apolice matter, please contact the Valley Stream Police Department with any further inquiries.”