Burger King Battle Leads to Charges in Lowell
LOWELL -- A fight between Burger King employees outside the fast-food restaurant in the Highlands neighborhood shortly after midnight Saturday led to the arrest of a Lowell teen who allegedly pulled out a knife during the scuffle, authorities say.
Lowell police charged 18-year-old Burger King employee Kimberly Amaro with assault with a dangerous weapon after she was found in possession of a spring-assisted folding knife with a 3-inch blade, according to a police report.
The officer said in the report that he did not observe any injuries to Amaro’s alleged victim, a 21-year-old Lowell man. That man refused medical treatment, according to the report.
Police responded to the Burger King on Chelmsford Street at around 12:35 a.m. Saturday following reports of a male and a female fighting, according to a police report. A trio of witnesses and Amaro’s alleged victim -- all Burger King employees -- were questioned by the officer.
The group claimed they were working their shift when Amaro, who had just punched out, attempted to engage one of them in a fight, according to a police report. It was determined that Amaro and the 18-year-old Lowell woman she was attempting to fight allegedly had an ongoing feud, according to the police report.
Amaro’s mother, a 34-year-old Lowell woman, appeared on scene to pick up Amaro. The mother joined with her daughter in allegedly harassing the targeted 18-year-old from outside the restaurant, according to a police report.
The 21-year-old man involved in the incident then exited the restaurant to tell Amaro and her mother to leave. According to the police report, the 21-year-old alleged victim claimed he was then punched in the head by both of them.
″(The victim) said he raised his fist to defend himself then Amaro pulled a pink folding knife from her pocket, opened the knife and began thrusting it towards (the victim),” the police report states.
The knife was allegedly found in Amaro’s possession by the officer.
Amaro and her mother stated they had a verbal altercation with the 21-year-old victim, but denied striking him, according to the police report. Amaro also allegedly told police she pulled out the knife when she thought the 21-year-old was about to strike her.
Another witness on scene told police he watched the altercation and saw the 21-year-old alleged victim “had something in his hand, possibly ‘brass knuckles,’” according to the police report. The other witnesses on scene denied seeing the 21-year-old in possession of a weapon.
Amaro, who was additionally charged with assault and battery, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Monday. She was released on personal recognizance by Judge Daniel Crane, according to Elizabeth Vlock, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
The 18-year-old was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, Vlock added.
Amaro is slated to reappear in court March 4.
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