Hookah Bar Owner Pleads No Contest to Assault Charge

The owner of a West Hartford hookah lounge has pleaded no contest to second-degree assault in connection to charges that he and his wife attacked each other with an ornamental sword.

George Ayoub, 47, has been sentenced to a five-year suspended prison sentence and a three-year conditional discharge as part of a plea agreement.

Police said Ayoub called 911 around 3:15 a.m. on April 22 to report that his wife, 24-year-old Najeh Frehi, had stabbed him with a sword at 1001 Arabian Nights Hookah Lounge at 134 Park Road.

"She stabbed me ..." he told the dispatcher. "Hurry up."

Ayoub was charged with assault in the first-degree of an elderly, blind, disabled, intellectually disabled or pregnant person.

He was taken to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for stab wounds to his abdomen.

Frehi was also injured and was treated for serious injuries to her shoulder and hands, police said.

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