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Hagan: assault was random

Published: Mon, February 8, 2010 @ 4:36 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — State Rep. Robert F. Hagan said he doesn’t want his assault at a downtown restaurant/bar to leave people with the impression that the area isn’t safe.

“It was a random act of violence,” Hagan said. “It could have happened anywhere. People look for excuses not to come downtown. There’s very little problems with behavior in downtown Youngstown.”

Hagan was punched in the face and collapsed to the floor, losing consciousness, shortly after entering The Lemon Grove Caf, 122 W. Federal St., about 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

Hagan of Youngstown, 60, said he received 11 stitches to his chin, suffered a concussion and rib injuries, the latter occurring when he fell to the floor.

Police charged Dorian Thomas of Youngstown, 30, with assault. Thomas was being held in the Mahoning County jail pending a Thomas admitted he punched Hagan, a police report states.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator or Vindy.com


1blkpride(186 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I think that they were pretty factual about the incident. The guy was wrong no matter how you look at it for punching him.

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2emmaR92(3 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I am a close friend of the Hagan family. I was there the night this incident happened and saw the whole thing. The Police quoted me as a witness. Mr. Hagan was out to dinner with his wife, daughter, and friends. We all decided to go to the Lemon Grove afterwards. This whole incident happened at around 11p.m., not 1a.m. and Mr. Hagan was not drunk. This is what I saw that night:
On Saturday February 6th after attending dinner at Café Cimmentos downtown with Mr. and Mrs. Hagan and their daughter, Natalia Hagan, we went to the Lemon Grove. The restaurant was crowded and there were belly dancers about to perform. An older woman was seated at a table in front of the door and stage trying to watch the belly dancers. There were people standing in front of her blocking her view and one of them was Mr. Hagan. She was complaining angrily because she could not see due to the people standing, blocking her view. Mr. Hagan said something that I don’t quite remember what it was. It was crowded and Mr. Hagan was trying to make his way through the crowd to where Mrs. Hagan, Natalia, and I were standing. On his way over a young man started to yell at Mr. Hagan for standing in front of the woman. Mr. Hagan turned and said something like there is no problem here. The young man continued to yell at him and was coming towards him. Mr. Hagan said something and then the young man punched Mr. Hagan very hard in the face causing him to fall back on the ground. Natalia Hagan (Mr. Hagan’s daughter) stood between the young man and her father to try and stop the young man from harming her father again. Another shorter older man in a red shirt pushed Natalia causing her to fall back on top of her father. Once people helped Mr. Hagan up, his chin was bleeding and he could no recall anything that happened.

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3watchingthepolitics(100 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Now THAT sounds like the REAL story. Thank you ChadSnaggler

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4Max(98 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago


I am curious as to how it is that you were there, you remember details such as the color of a bystanders shirt, and yet repeatedly you cannot remember what Mr. Hagan said. All I'm saying is, something must have been said to cause the dancer to punch Hagan. Yet, "Mr. Hagan said something that I don’t quite remember what it was". Obviously he said "something" to incite the wrath of the dancer, don't you think?

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5knucles518(39 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

A cover-up Nahhh not in the Mahoning Valley. We would never think of doing something like that ! LOL

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6Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

I actually had posted first on this story - but a chicken-s**t user by the name of blkpride flagged it for removal and left this comment on my wall -

You ASSume alot for not knowing anything. Cheers!

God forbid you criticize the Vindy for not REPORTING BOTH sides of a story...I question whether Hagan was drinking and if the cops covered it up - a normal person would have been field tested and tested again at the hospital - this isn't ASSuming - its a FACT!

And as for blkpride ... they must not have a lot of it (pride that is) if they need to hide behind wall postings and removals...

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