A North Carolina pizzeria owner was knocked unconscious and stomped on while trying to break up a late-night brawl at his restaurant on Dec. 5, brutal video footage shows.
Mike Scotto di Frego was sucker punched around 2:30 in the morning at his Winston-Salem restaurant, Brother’s Pizza, the video shows.
“Still trying to get the story all together but I was breaking up a fight between two girls and three guys got involved and I got jump and stomped out till I was unconscious, I have 2 boys I’m a single dad I don’t need this in my life,” di Frego recounted on Facebook.
Winston Salem Police Sergeant Kevin Bowers confirmed that there was a fight between five people that occurred before di Frego was attacked.
“There were two different patrons with tables in there and somehow an argument started and then, from the argument, a fight began, and then the business owner tried to break things up and he was assaulted,” Bowers told Fox 8.
Surveillance footage obtained by the network shows two groups of people walking angrily walking towards each other and pointing at each other. Di Frego can be seen trying to stop others from heading into the confrontation, then he begins to walk over to try and break things up.
Suddenly, he’s sucker punched from behind in the side of the head and collapses, unconscious. His attacker appears to stomp on the collapsed restaurateur.
He is now closing his restaurant for late night hours — midnight to 3 a.m. Due to the increase in violence, di Frego told Fox 8 that the extra $1,000 he can make per night staying up late is simply not worth it.
“Thank you everyone for reaching out. I greatly appreciate it. I’m doing a lot better your just going to have look at my ugly face for the next couple weeks but I will look forward to seeing everyone back at Brothers,” he wrote in a response on Facebook, with a photo of him smiling with a black eye.