WEST VIEW (KDKA) — Police are investigating a brutal attack at a local fast food restaurant.
According to police, the incident happened at the McDonald’s on Perry Highway in West View around 4:30 a.m. Sunday and police say the suspects were dressed up as characters from Sesame Street.
“There people in various Halloween costumes – some to mention Cookie Monster, I believe Bert and Ernie and some others,” West View Police Chief Bruce Fromlak said.
One woman was dressed as a sexy serving wench. According to the police complaint, two cars were in line. The black Hummer was at the drive-in window with the people in costume. The driver in the second vehicle, Joseph Kryl, 36, was getting antsy to order his breakfast sandwich.
“The operator of that vehicle yelled out, ‘I’ve been waiting here 10 minutes. Can I go ahead of you?’” Chief Fromlak said.
That’s when Shawn Klinge got out of the Hummer and Joseph Kryl exited his car. It got ugly.
“Words were exchanged, pushing, shoving,” Chief Fromlak said. “Next thing you know, they’re both on the ground.”
The brawl expanded when 31-year-old Olivia Patterson, Kryl’s companion, got out to help him. Then three women exited the Hummer – Casey Ashbaugh, Crystal Dedo and Melinda Klinge.
Police say Melinda Klinge, 28, shattered a rear passenger window in Kryl’s car and bashed Olivia Patterson over the head with a high-heeled boot.
“She got hit in the head repeatedly to the point of unconsciousness,” Chief Fromlak said.
Police found Patterson in convulsions.
“This girl was seizing, having seizures, she was bleeding profusely from the back of the head,” Fromlak said.
Klinge is charged with simple and aggravated assault, but police still have to review surveillance tapes.
“There are other charges pending,” Fromlak said.
Patterson was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where doctors needed to put six staples to close her head wound.
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