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Holiday Shoppers Brawl Over Parking Spot

December 21, 2004

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)_ It wasn’t holiday cheer that poured out of two cars, but rather three holiday shoppers who spilled out with tempers flaring over a parking space.

The dispute Sunday led to the arrests and court appearances for two women and a teenager for breach of peace.

Police said the confrontation developed just after 3:30 p.m. in the crowded lot of the Corbins Corner Shopping Center, home to Best Buy, Toys ``R″ Us and other retailers.

When a parking space opened up, two cars turned up to fill it.

A woman riding in one of the cars tossed an orange peel at the other vehicle. Angry words erupted and three people jumped out of the cars and, within moments, Officer Kevin McCarthy said, ``all three went to the ground.″

``It turned into a little free-for-all,″ McCarthy said.

No one was hurt, but Luz Alicea, 43, Jasmin Kurtz, 16, both of Hartford, and Julia Baldini, 22, of Suffield, were all charged with breach of peace.

They were scheduled to appear in community court in Hartford Tuesday.


Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.ctnow.com/

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