A Connecticut man was charged after officials said he threw a drink at a local smoothie store employee and racistly insulted him. He accused him of a serious allergic reaction that sent his son to the hospital.
Fairfield police claim A man, James Iannatso, 48, returned to the Lovex Fresh Juice & Smoothies location on Saturday after his son had an allergic reaction and offended staff, and put peanut butter in his boy’s drink. I requested that you tell me.
“When an employee couldn’t provide an answer to Ian Nazzo, he was furious and yelled at him with a lot of explosives,” police said. “Then he threw a drink at the employees, which hit their right shoulder.”
Police also said Ian Nazzo commented on employees “see their immigration status.” Authorities said he continued yelling at employees after he was repeatedly asked to leave, trying to open the door to the “employee-only” area of Roberts.
Ian Nazzo, who left the store before the authorities arrived, later turned to police. He was charged with prejudice, intimidation based on prejudice, insecurity, and criminal tort.
Charlie Hill, 17, said she was called in early Saturday because their store was busy and hadn’t interacted with Ian Nazzo when he first arrived. From what she knew, he wanted a nutless “peanut power plus” smoothie, but didn’t tell anyone about allergies.
“He just said he didn’t have peanuts, but if he didn’t say he had a nut allergy, it’s an app and a direct option, but if he had a nut allergy, he would use another … so he He didn’t tell me he had allergies. “
When Ian Nazzo returned to the store, he was aggressive and immediately began yelling at the staff, Hill said. At first, a team of teenagers paid homage, but things got worse.
“He was like,’When you quit your job, I’m waiting for you,'” Hill said. “He kept threatening us. He said a racial slur and kept trying to get into the door.”
Hill began recording him after she said he had already threatened them and made some insults. One of Hill’s friends and colleagues called 911 while his colleague was confronting Ian Nazzo.
Iannazzo directed what Hill described as a racial slur to her colleagues, including comments from the recording’s “immigrant loser.” Hill said she believes the situation has caused a mental sacrifice to the girl.
“She thinks she’s okay, but I know she’s not, and she’s really upset,” Hill said. “And now he says he’s not a racist, but it’s really a sacrifice.”
Hill posted her recording on TikTok. She knew that the app had the power to spread awareness, so she had only a few followers. However, the video was deleted and her account was temporarily suspended.
“They really hurt me because I thought it was very important to me, my friends, and my colleagues,” Hill said. “I wanted it to be known, and I wanted justice for my friends.”
TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comments regarding the deletion of videos.
However, even after Hill’s account was suspended, video screen recordings were still available on social media over the weekend. 1 clip Post to Twitter It has been viewed over 2 million times.
Iannazzo’s lawyer, Frank Riccio, Said in a statement on Sunday morning “I really regret the incident,” said Ianazzo. Riccio added that Ian Nazzo emphasized to staff that peanut butter should not be included in his drink because his son had a life-threatening allergy.
“When faced with a dire situation for my son, Ian Nazzo’s parent’s instinct began and he acted out of anger and fear,” Riccio said. “He is not a racist and deeply regrets his remarks and actions at the moment of extreme emotional stress.”
Employees told police that Ian Nazzo asked him to make his drink without peanut butter, but did not mention allergies.
Merrill Lynch confirmed that Ian Nazzo was not working as a financial adviser to the company after the incident.
“We do not tolerate this type of behavior,” the company said in a statement on Sunday. “We immediately investigated and took action. This individual is no longer employed by our company.”