Six People Charged in Restaurant Fight

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AMHERST, OH — Six people are facing charges after a fight inside a Denny’s restaurant.

According to Amherst police, the disturbance happened around 3:40 a.m. on Saturday July 27 at the Denny’s on North Leavitt Road.

Police say two men were seated inside. They went outside to smoke a cigarette and one of them left their cell phone on the table.

When they returned, the cell phone was missing.

While looking for the phone, police said, the victim exchanged words with patrons at another table. They said one of the suspects, Ariel Hill, became increasingly upset and ran at the victim with a butter knife. Another man at the suspect’s table took the knife, however, Hill continued to approach the suspect, who was still seated, and allegedly punched him repeatedly.

According to police, two other males, Zachery Kelley and a juvenile, also punched the victim multiple times, striking him in the forehead.

Police later determined through surveillance video that a 17-year-old male stole the phone from the restaurant.

Michelle Lucas, Ariel Hill, Tony Michael and Zachery Kelley are all accused of leaving without paying their bill.

Ariel Hill, 25, of Amherst, and Zachery Kelley, 20, of Lorain, were charged with assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and theft.

Michelle Lucas, 41, of Lorain, was charged with theft and obstructing official business.

Police say Lucas is the owner of an Amherst day care center.

Tony Michael Jr., 27, of Lorain, was charged with theft.

One juvenile was cited in Lorain County Juvenile Court for theft. A second juvenile was cited for assault, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

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