Maria Sangria Goes Down Fighting, Four Arrested

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email
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Two men and two women were arrested Saturday morning after fights broke out outside of a downtown Omaha restaurant on what was supposed to have been its last night in business.

The fighting began as Maria Sangria at South 11th and Farnam streets was closing around 2 a.m.

Police arrested 29-year-old Orlando Taylor and Marvin Baker. Witnesses said Taylor was trying to protect a woman Baker had allegedly assaulted.

Twenty-nine-year-old Andrea Aguilar was also arrested. Police say she hit a man who was fighting with another man.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jamie Mincey was standing in the entrance to the restaurant. She was asked to leave three times, but refused. Police say she was cursing and trying to fight with another woman. They arrested her for disorderly conduct and failure to leave.

Last Tuesday, the Omaha City Council voted to strip Maria Sangria of its liquor license and ordered it closed. Police said activities at the restaurant attracted criminal activity and there had been numerous complaints of fighting.

Friday, Douglas County District Court Judge Marlon Polk signed a temporary injunction that puts the City Council's decision on hold after Maria Sangria filed an appeal. According to WOWT 6 News sources, if police are called to or observe any disturbance or other criminal activity cause by Maria Sangria customers and if an incident is serious enough, Judge Polk can dissolve the injunction.

The appeal is scheduled to be heard by the judge on October 6th.

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