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Police: 2nd employee charged in fight outside Pittsburgh McDonald’s

Madasyn Lee

A second McDonald’s employee involved in a fight at the Downtown Pittsburgh fast food restaurant that left a man paralyzed was charged with assault Wednesday.

Kaniya Martin, 18, of Pittsburgh, faces a single count of misdemeanor simple assault in connection to the Monday night fight, according to court records. She was charged via summons on Wednesday

Another employee, Roneese Davis, 25, also of Pittsburgh, has been charged with a single count of felony aggravated assault. She remained in the Allegheny County Jail Wednesday after failing to post $100,000 bond.

The injured man, identified by Pittsburgh police as Marc Conn, remained in serious condition at Allegheny General Hospital Wednesday, according to a spokesperson. Police previously said he was paralyzed with a spinal cord injury.

The fight at the Wood Street location started shortly after 10 p.m., when Conn and a woman got into an argument with someone sitting behind them. Police identified the woman with Conn as Billie Jo Goldsworthy.

Davis confronted Conn and Goldsworthy, police said. Then Davis and Martin started fighting with the couple, police said.

In a written statement to the store’s general manager, which is included in a police criminal complaint, Martin said she was getting ready to clean the lobby when she saw Goldsworthy in a conflict with another person. When Martin went over to calm it down, she said Goldsworthy pushed her twice, so Martin punched her. Martin said Goldsworthy’s boyfriend also hit her, so she punched him, too, according to the complaint.

“I even told them to leave before they hit me,” Martin wrote in the statement, according to police.

The fight continued outside the restaurant. Video footage from the restaurant, city cameras and Facebook video from a bystander showed Goldsworthy being hit with pepper spray by an unknown woman, before she was dragged to the ground by her hair and punched. Police said the footage also showed Martin punching Goldsworthy when she was on the ground.

Police said as Conn tried to help Goldsworthy, Davis punched him once in the back of the head, knocking him out.

Goldsworthy was treated and released from Allegheny General Hospital for eye irritation from being pepper sprayed, and bruising to her arms from being dragged and punched, according to a criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing for Davis is set for Nov. 13.

Madasyn Lee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at [email protected], 724-226-4702 or via Twitter.

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