Restaurant owner assaulted by former employees while holding 4-year-old son

- A Rock Hill restaurant owner holding his four year old son was shoved and threatened by two former workers, who had been fired one day before, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

“They were friends of mine. They came in here. They attacked me. I have bruises on my body,” said a restaurant worker who did not want her name used.

That worker at 72 Wings & Things says Precious Smith and Kwadonte Lewis, two former employees, ransacked the place Saturday morning, tearing a TV off the wall, punching some other televisions, taking the employees’ cell phones and shoving and making threats towards the managing partner and his four-year-old son.

“They (the employees) were feared for their lives. They thought they were going to die,” Jeff Leazer, the manager, said.

“What they did to a four-year-old boy, really broke my heart, put a knife and threatened to cut his throat off because they didn’t get what they wanted out of here,” the employee who didn’t want her name used said.

Smith and Lewis had been fired for stealing things, according to the managing partner, who said in a York County Sheriff’s Office report that Lewis got his last paycheck and was mad that he couldn’t cash it because the banks were closed.

The managing partner said he offered to pay Lewis some of the check in cash, but that Lewis showed up Saturday demanding all the money.

“He (Lewis) told me at one point he had a gun in his trunk and he went to his trunk and I just thought that was it,” the employee said.

This isn’t the first time the managing partner Joey Wright has had complaints against him. FOX 46 Charlotte has spoken with former employees at one of Wright’s previous restaurants in York who claim they didn’t get paid.

Wright tells FOX 46 three employees did not get paid. When we asked why not, he said that’s out of his control.

Regardless of what’s happened in the past, Leazer is appalled by the violence Saturday.

“I’m just shocked about how it all went down and how it happened,” Leazer said.

Smith and Lewis were arrested on July 4, but employees say they’re already out of jail, and some of the workers are upset that they were given bond.

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