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Man indicted for attack on restaurant owner

October 14, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A man accused of robbing and severely beating a local restaurant owner has been indicted by a Cabell County grand jury on several charges in connection with the incident.

Aaron Rafeal Ingram, 49, was indicted Sept. 27 on charges of entry of a building other than a dwelling, first-degree robbery, strangulation and attempt to commit a felony — first-degree murder.

Ingram is accused of attacking David Sidney “Sid” Torlone, owner of the restaurant G.D. Ritzy’s located in the 1300 block of Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington.

Ingram, a former employee of Torlone’s, is accused of entering the business with a knife in an attempt to rob Torlone at just after 8 a.m. April 28.

The Herald-Dispatch previously reported the criminal complaint filed against Ingram on May 1 stated he brandished the knife in a threatening manner to force Torlone to open a floor safe and hand over its contents.

Ingram then allegedly used a piece of wire or cord to strangle Torlone before he allegedly took a large metal object and struck Torlone in the head four times. The entire attack was captured on the restaurant’s video surveillance system, according to the complaint.

Ingram then placed an undisclosed amount of money and the metal object in a plastic bag before fleeing the restaurant. Torlone was left on the floor, bleeding profusely for nearly 40 minutes before a delivery driver located him and called 911. He was rushed to the hospital and immediately underwent surgery for his injuries, according to the complaint.

As of Aug. 18, Torlone had returned to Huntington after being released earlier than expected from an Atlanta rehabilitation facility where he was recovering from his injuries.

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