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Report: Restaurant server sent to the hospital after religious conversation turns physical


Authorities say a West Ashley restaurant server was transported to the hospital after a religious conversation turned physical.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 37-year-old Mario Alberto Garcia-Dominguez on Monday and charged him with second-degree assault and battery.

Garcia-Dominguez's arrest stems from an incident at Rio Grande on 1975 Magwood Drive on Friday. The victim, along with the complainant who translated, met with a police officer at an apartment on Ashley Hall Plantation Road.

The victim said he was drinking after hours with fellow employees at Rio Grande when he began to have a verbal altercation with a man, later identified as Garcia-Dominguez.

According to the victim, he and the suspect began to have a religious conversation which became "heated quickly."

The victim told investigators that Garcia-Dominguez then began punching him in the face without provocation or warning.

A police report states the victim's fellow employees then contacted the complainant to pick the victim up. EMS arrived on scene and transported the victim to St. Francis Hospital for evaluation.

According to a police report, a nurse told authorities that the victim had a possible broken bone.

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