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Cops: Sausage Chat Prompted Eatery Battery

Cook did not believe girlfriend was talking pork

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Sausage Beef

MAY 2--Sometimes a conversation about sausage is just a conversation about sausage.

Esteban Parra, Nancy Miranda, and Eddie Maldonado, Miranda’s boyfriend, work together at a Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Saint Augustine, Florida. Like Olive Garden, Carrabba’s (seen below) serves what passes for Italian food in places like Saint Augustine, Florida.

Parra, 26, and Miranda, 28, told cops that they were in the restaurant early Wednesday evening “talking about sausage” when Maldonado “walked in on the conversation.”

Maldonado, a 28-year-old prep cook, did not think the duo was talking about sausage.

Parra told police that Maldonado accused him of having a “sexual conversation with his girlfriend and started yelling at him.” Maldonado, Parra added, had a “jealousy issue with him in the past.”

The men, accompanied by a Carrabba’s manager, then went outside to further discuss the matter. After Maldonado had his say, Parra attempted a response, but was “continually interrupted” by Maldonado. When he turned to walk away, Parra said, Maldonado ran up from behind and began strangling him.

Parra said Maldonado only loosened the chokehold after he bit his arm and the Carrabba’s manager pulled at him to loosen his grip.

Maldonado, seen above, was subsequently arrested for battery, which was upgraded to a felony charge since Maldonado’s rap sheet includes a prior arrest for aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. He subsequently pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend anger management classes.

Maldonado, free on $500 bond, has been ordered to have no contact with Parra. (3 pages)