Man accused of beating victim with barbershop booster seat

Yovany Mejia Andujar

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man is in jail after police said he used a metal booster seat from a barbershop to hit another man.

Officers said someone called to report an assault off Warwick Boulevard around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Police said witnesses told them the suspect, 24-year-old Yovany Mejia Andujar, got into a fight with a 23-year-old man.

Glenn Rodriguez is the manager of “The Executive” barbershop, where he says Andujar cuts hair.

“We went down to the police station, gave a statement, trying to clarify that Yovany was actually the victim instead of the aggressor. The other dude, he’s almost twice his size. If you see him from the mug shot, he beat him pretty bad. He had bruises and cuts,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the business has had problems before with the man police have named as the victim. Police said the victim also claimed Andujar cut him with a knife.

“We told the police there was no knife involved. Nobody got stabbed. If he got cut or something, maybe it was during the struggle…It could have gone a different way, ma’am, maybe we could have broke it up, but at the end of the day, I don’t know what was going through his mind,” he said.

Police said the victim went to the hospital to be treated and was expected to recover. Rodriguez said that man is no longer welcome at the barbershop.

Andujar has been charged with unlawful wounding. Police have not identified the other man.

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