Two men fighting over a parking spot in New York City are facing charges after their allegedly destructive battle over the space resulted in one of their vehicles crashing through the front of a bakery in the middle of its grand opening.
Around 4:00 pm on November 15, two men were reportedly angling for the same parking spot on the street in front of The Rainbow Bakery in Flushing, Queens.
When neither driver conceded, one of the men, identified as 24-year-old Jie Zou, allegedly decided to get out of his vehicle and confront the man in the other car. The passenger in Zou’s car, 35-year-old Jonathan Zhang, also reportedly got out of the vehicle to lend him support after reportedly retrieving a baseball bat.
The allegedly raging passenger was caught on video filmed by an onlooker in the area as he allegedly headed toward the driver, identified as Zong Li, 35. Zhang allegedly swung the bat at the Li’s passenger, and Zou got back into his car.
Li obtained possession of the bat from Zhang, and he reportedly hit Zou’s vehicle with it before Zou allegedly punched the gas and angled the vehicle at Li.
When Zou reportedly accelerated, his vehicle caused Li to go flying as it hit him. Zou’s car then smashed through the front of The Rainbow Bakery during their grand opening.
Two of the female employees in the bakery were injured during the crash.
Li and his passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment of their wounds.
Zou was arrested, and he is expected to face charges for suspicion of reckless endangerment, and assault.
Zhang was also taken into custody, and he is being charged with assault.
The bakery owner reported that he feels devastated by the harm done to his employees and business.
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