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Man charged in assault at Pittsburgh's Pizza Milano caught on video

Jacob Tierney
| Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
A viral video posted on Facebook shows what appears to be the attack of Jade Martin.
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A viral video posted on Facebook shows what appears to be the attack of Jade Martin.
Mahmut Yilmaz
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Mahmut Yilmaz

A viral video posted on Facebook Friday night shows a man attacking a woman at Pizza Milano on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood.

In the video, the man and woman are standing near the door. The man repeatedly tells the woman to leave the restaurant. When she attempts to walk further inside, he grabs her arm, pushes her against the door frame, then appears to head butt her before tackling her to the ground, crashing into a table and chairs.

He appears to shake the pinned woman on the ground for several seconds before employees rush over, helping the woman up then pushing her out of the restaurant.

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS PROFANITY

The woman went to the hospital Friday night several hours after the video was recorded, according to police.

Zone 2 police detectives announced Saturday night that they made an arrest in connection with the altercation. Mahmut Yilmaz, 41, of Pittsburgh surrendered to police and faces one count of simple assault and one aggravated assault charge.

Pittsburgh attorney Todd Hollis, who is representing the woman, Jade Martin, said his client suffered a concussion and bruising to the forehead and nose area.

"My client said that she believes that she is going to be charged," Hollis said Sunday.

Court records show that Martin is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 12 on charges of defiant trespasser and disorderly conduct.

Pittsburgh resident Bria Scott posted the video on her Facebook page Friday evening, where it had received more than 400,000 views by Saturday evening.

She did not record the video and was not at the restaurant when the assault happened, she said. She copied the original video from a friend, who has since deleted it, she said.

"I didn't think it was going to be blown up to this capacity. I think it's blown up so much because it is a popular restaurant," said Scott, who goes by "Bria Janae" on Facebook.

She said she doesn't know what the argument was about, or what happened before the camera started rolling, but she knows what she saw.

"It really doesn't seem like she put her hands on him, so that's what I think is wrong, because he's a man," she said. "The man was just completely wrong. He could have called the cops and got her removed."

People from around the country flocked to Pizza Milano's pages on Facebook and Yelp to slam it with hundreds of negative reviews.

The restaurant could not be reached for comment.

Mayor Bill Peduto weighed in on Saturday, thanking the community and Pittsburgh police for their work on the investigation.

"It is my sincere hope that these charges are another step in sending a very clear signal that Pittsburgh will not tolerate violence against women and that we will work as a community to protect all women, and notably African American women, from physical and emotional violence," Peduto said in a statement Saturday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pittsburgh Zone 2 detectives at 412-225-2827.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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