Restaurant Had to Throw Out Food After Violent Crab Legs Dispute

The Manchester, Connecticut restaurant where an argument about crab legs got out of hand on Saturday night had to throw out all its food after it was contaminated by pepper spray.

Manchester police responded to 410 West Middle Turnpike after an argument over crab legs at the buffet table escalated into a physical confrontation, police said.

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During the scuffle, a 21-year-old man was punched in the face and lost a tooth. His mother jumped in and used pepper spray on her son's attackers. Her actions were in self-defense and she is not facing any charges, according to police.

Police arrested a Windsor couple -- Clifford Knight, 45, and Latoya Knight. Clifford Knight was charged with third-degree assault and disorder conduct. Latoya Knight is charged with disorderly conduct and threatening.

The manager said on Tuesday that he had to send a full house home and throw away all the food.

On Tuesday, customers at Royal Buffet said that should someone empty the crab legs tray, you wait for more because there will be more.

Clifford Knight was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and Lataya Knight was released on a $2,500 non-surety bond. They are both expected in court on April 14.

The Manchester Fire Department responded to vent out the restaurant after the pepper spray was deployed.

The restaurant was closed until Sunday as the health department assessed the air quality.


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