Fists went flying between two men in front of a busy westside Dion’s, but it was who stepped in to try and break it up that has police thinking it may not have been the best idea.
Last Wednesday, a fight broke out in front of the Dion’s at the corner of Central Avenue and Coors. A handful of people surrounded the two men, while some of the bystanders recorded the incident on their cell phones.
When one of the men got knocked to the ground, a bystander yelled at the people recording the fight to call police.
Instead, the fight continued and got closer to the entrance of the restaurant.
“I can understand the concern there but these things can get really dangerous, really quick,” Officer Simon Drobik said.
As the fight escalated, three Dion’s employees got in the middle of the squabble, to try and break it up. At one point, while on the ground, one of the employees had one of the men in choke hold.
“I can understand why people want to get involved and stop these things from happening, but a random fight from fists can go to a knife and a gun real quick and we don’t want to see anybody get hurt,” Officer Drobik said.
APD said a driver passing by is the one who finally called 911. Police said a Dion’s employee had also flagged down an officer who was nearby, but by the time the officer got there, the fight was over and almost everyone had split.
“The best thing to do is be a good witness, call us immediately and tell us there’s an active fight happening,” Officer Drobik said. “That’s a priority one call for us so we’re going to run lights and siren to get to that call.”
Police said one of the men was taken to the hospital.
Dion’s issued the following statement:
Dion’s takes the safety of our employees and customers very seriously. We are aware that an incident took place in our parking lot and we are working to collect further information. As a proud Albuquerque-based business, we are also cognizant that our City is facing numerous challenges and we are in ongoing conversations with APD, various City Councilors, and Mayor Keller regarding crime prevention, response times, and how Dion’s can assist in providing solutions.
Further inquiries should be referred to APD.
The company did not say if any employees were disciplined.