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J-1 visa student hit by employer, Russo Jr. charged

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 14, 2017

(Sept. 15, 2017) Tony Russo Jr. of Tony’s Pizza was charged on Sept. 6 with assaulting a J-1 visa student while he was working in the Boardwalk restaurant.

The student told police he had burned a pizza, leading Russo, 44, to order him to stop baking pizzas and wash dishes instead.

According to the police report, the student refused because another owner told him to stay on the oven because the pizzeria was short-staffed. When he turned to continue baking, Russo allegedly struck him.

While the student called 9-1-1, Russo then “proceeded to beat” him, according to police reports. The employee then fell to the floor and “blacked out.”

The student then contends that Russo dragged him out of the kitchen by his arm, but that another employee intervened and “helped free” him.

According to incident reports, cell phone videos, photographs and other footage were logged into evidence in this case.

Russo faces second-degree assault charges.


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