Police: Man choked Avon nail salon employee
July 28, 2010
AVON, Colorado – A disgruntled ex-employee of an Avon nail salon stands accused of choking one person he used to work with and tossing another to the floor.
On July 21, Avon police responded to a fight at the nail salon, according to police reports. When police arrived, they noticed an older woman lying motionless on the floor behind a nail station, the report said. Police also saw the suspect, 42-year-old Tom Van Ha of Denver, rocking back and forth in a chair.
According to police reports:
Two women getting their nails done when the fight happened told police they saw Ha come into the store and start yelling in Vietnamese. A man working in the store asked Ha to step outside to resolve the dispute. When the man picked up the phone to call police, Ha placed the man in a choke hold, then slammed his head against the wall, the witnesses told police.
When a woman related to the man tried to break up the fight, Ha grabbed her by the arms and swung her onto the nail station, witnesses claim. From there, the woman rolled onto the floor.
The man told police that Ha quit work earlier in the day and walked out of the salon. Ha came back an hour later yelling that he wanted his paycheck. The man told Ha he would get his check on payday but Ha continued yelling.
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Police charged Ha with third degree assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing telephone services. On July 22, the Eagle County jail released Ha on $1,000 bail. His arraignment is set for Oct. 13.
Ha faces a third degree assault charge, which could lead to as much as two years in county jail, district attorney Mark Hurlbert said. The other remaining charge is for telephone obstruction. Ha could get up to a year in jail if he is found guilty of that charge, Hurlbert said.
Police reports did not list a phone number for Ha.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.