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Grocery Strikers Turn Violent

by Capital_C Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 11:11 AM

Grocery strikers turn violent and beat a person.

By Onell R. Soto

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

October 22, 2003



K.C. ALFRED / Union-Tribune

Picketers are reflected in the window at the Ralphs on Montezuma Road where a customer had the aisle to herself.

CHULA VISTA – Two locked-out supermarket union members are facing charges in the beating of a replacement worker with a baseball bat last week.

Simon Jose Thompson, 33, and Charles Matthew Olvera, 27, both of Chula Vista, remained in jail yesterday on suspicion of assault and conspiracy, California Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Gregg said.



A prosecutor said a formal decision on charges is expected today.

The 27-year-old replacement worker had just left the Ralphs supermarket on East Palomar Street in Chula Vista early Friday morning when his car was followed by the two pickets "apparently attempting to run it off the road," Gregg said.

The two used their car to block his vehicle at the Main Street on-ramp to northbound Interstate 805, and everyone got out of their cars, he said.

One of the men then struck the replacement worker in the face and chest with a baseball bat. The other man punched the replacement worker, Gregg said. The two men also knocked out the back windows of the replacement worker's car.

Gregg did not identify the injured worker. The man told officers he didn't need medical help, but later went to a hospital on his own and was told that surgeons will have to rebuild his face for it to heal correctly, Gregg said.

The two union members were arrested Friday afternoon after an investigation by CHP investigators, he said.

Calls to Ralphs and union officials were not returned.

The incident is the first in which labor violence has led to felony charges locally since union members struck Vons and were locked out by management at Ralphs and Albertson's supermarkets Oct. 11, said a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office.

Elsewhere, reported arrests include a 17-year-old Riverside girl accused of shooting a pellet gun at pickets, and a locked-out worker in Fullerton accused of hitting a truck with his picket sign, threatening the driver, and then closing a truck door on the driver's hand.

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Bad mistake...but... Parmenides Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 11:39 AM
Non-violence in a force more powerful x Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 12:48 PM
Typical Parkay. nonanarchist Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 1:18 PM
Uh, for what it's worth fresca Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 1:21 PM
Ain't Worth Shit, Mr. Stagnant mediawatcher Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 2:10 PM
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Please get your head out of your ass fresca Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 2:29 PM
Sick workers in the market Parmenides Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 2:39 PM
teacher cannot even grade correctly teacher Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 2:45 PM
Parm fresca Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at 8:34 PM
Freca, you last viperine coment? Freca, you last viperine coment? Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 1:16 AM
A trend is something to notice Parmenides Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 3:49 AM
91% more PROFIT ... ! Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 4:16 AM
parm fresca Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at 7:20 AM
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twisted view head strong Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 at 3:06 PM
Violent Strikers are NOT the answer Rhonda Thursday, Jan. 08, 2004 at 7:00 PM
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