SOUTHINGTON - Local attorney and restaurant owner Cheryl Moran, who has been accused of assaulting a customer outside Anthony Jacks Wood Fired Grill over the winter, will be prosecuted in the New Britain courthouse.
Moran, 50, appeared briefly before a judge in Bristol Superior Court on Monday. During the hearing, her case was transferred to the courthouse in New Britain, where all of the matters in the area will be sent in light of Bristol’s court closing at the end of August.
Moran is scheduled to appear in New Britain on Sept. 17. She is free on a promise to appear.
She faces charges of third-degree assault, unlawful restraint, making a false statement and two counts of second-degree breach of peace.
According to court documents, Moran, an attorney who owns multiple restaurants in town, including Anthony Jacks on Center Street, was involved in a dispute with two customers outside the restaurant on Feb. 16. The altercation came after one of the complainants left the business, proclaiming that it “sucks” after he and his wife reportedly waited in the bar area for some time without being offered any service.
Moran, police allege, followed the couple outside and pushed the man and yelled at him, court papers said. His wife got in between the two, and Moran allegedly grabbed the woman by the pony tail as she tried to walk away and jerked her head back until she fell over, according to court documents.
The woman sought treatment at an urgent care facility and was diagnosed with a neck sprain, a laceration to her ear from her earring getting pulled, a contusion to her thumb and hand and a sprain to her toe and ankle, according to the arrest warrant.
Police allege Moran lied to officers when she gave a different account of what happened, which included the allegation that she was assaulted by the woman, according to the warrant. Police said they were able to use video surveillance and an eye witness account to determine Moran was the aggressor.
Moran’s attorney, Kristen Mostowy, said last week that her client denies the allegations. She did not wish to comment further when contacted Monday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.