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Arrest made after fracas in market
Fight breaks out in North Stafford store, one man charged with assault

Date published: 11/10/2012

BY KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County man was arrested Thursday after a fight in a grocery store during which a baby was nearly knocked onto the floor, police said.

The incident occurred about 6:50 p.m. at the Food Lion at 905 Garrisonville Road. Sheriff's spokesman Bill Kennedy said the victim was at the deli counter with his family, including a baby in a carrier on top of a shopping cart.

The victim told police that a man pushed the cart into him as he squeezed by. He said something to the man as he moved the cart back where it was, and the man yelled at him.

Witnesses said the man then kicked the cart and the victim had to catch the carrier to keep the baby from hitting the floor.

The victim said the man then punched him and the two men fought until store employees separated them.

The attacker left the store but one of the employees recognized the suspect.

Stafford Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Walker went to a home on Choptank Road and arrested 48-year-old Donald Eugene Quash and charged him with assault and battery.

Kennedy said Quash and the victim had differing stories on who started the fight, but witnesses supported the victim's version.

Quash was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com