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Trio Arrested After Allegedly Fighting, Making Seemingly Racist Insults at Restaurant

Three people were arrested in Quincy, Massachusetts, a city bordering Boston, the night of June 11, 2016, after allegedly yelling seemingly racist statements and fighting with the owners and patrons of a hotpot and sushi restaurant, according to a Quincy Police Department police report.

According to witnesses interviewed in the report, James Mulhern, 40; Colleen McDonough, 54; and Timothy O'Sullivan, 50, were highly intoxicated when they arrived at Royal Hotpot and Sushi Bar in Quincy the night of June 11. After being informed that the restaurant did not serve specials, witnesses interviewed in the report said that the trio began "yelling and swearing," including the use of seemingly racist language and hit a glass door causing an emergency lighting system to fall down on their way out of the restaurant.

Colleen McDonough, left, and Timothy O'Sullivan, right. Booking photos for James Mulhern are unavailable. Quincy Police

One of the restaurants owners followed the trio and informed them she was calling the police because they had damaged the restaurant, according to the report. At that point, alleged in the owner's interview, McDonough pushed, punched, and hit her using her purse while using seemingly racist language, including telling the owner to "go back to your own country."

Two of the restaurant's other owners began filming the incident and a restaurant patron rushed to help, when they were allegedly attacked by Mulhern and O'Sullivan, according to interviews in the police report. During the fight, Mulhern also bit the restaurant patron, according to the report. According to witnesses interviewed, one of the trio tripped over a hanging chain while leaving the crime scene.

Mulhern, who was found bleeding after police arrived, told Quincy police that he had been stabbed, but was unable to describe the person who stabbed him and said he did not see a knife. According to the report, "numerous drops of blood" were discovered near a broken rope chain near the crime scene.

Mulhern, McDonough, and O'Sullivan were arrested that night and arraigned on June 13. All three pleaded not guilty. Mulhern faces three counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of committing a civil rights violation. O'Sullivan faces the same charges in addition to a charge of defacement of property. McDonough faces two counts of assault and battery, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one count of committing a civil rights violation.

O'Sullivan has had multiple run-ins with the Quincy police, including 16 separate entries for assault and battery on police officers, according to the police report.

The trio are due back in court on Aug. 24.

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