Fake nails and women’s shoes were flying as a bloody claw fight erupted at a Dorchester salon after one primping patron allegedly screamed at a woman bantering in Spanish, “Speak English! This is America!”
Just minutes after the melee broke out at Kathy’s Nail Design at 261 Bowdoin St., it escalated to the point of a 911 call.
A cop who arrived to break the fracas up got angry red scratches on his neck and arm for his trouble. They were left by a woman who’d just spent $40 for French manicure nail tips, said the shop’s owner, David Win.
“Ten years in this country, I never seen anything like this. The lady says ‘Speak English, I don’t want to hear Spanish!’ and big fight happens,” Win told the Herald last night. “There was blood in here and everything. There were a lot of customers in here. It (was) crazy.”
Police said one of the suspects, Sonia Pina, 20, was speaking Spanish to her cousin when another lacquered lady, Nakeisha Prichard, 20, attacked her Thursday night. Within minutes, at least four women were fighting inside the salon, police said.
“The two suspects began to argue and a fight ensued,” said BPD spokesman Officer Sharon Dottin.
Prichard allegedly pulled off her pump and began beating Pina with it. She explained away that action by telling cops, “I accidentally took my shoe off and hit her with it after she punched me.”
Prichard was charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer - inflicted by her long, freshly manicured fake acrylic nails.
Pina was charged with assault and battery for allegedly punching Prichard in the face.
Both women live in Boston. The injured officer was treated and released, BPD officials said.
“As the officers attempted to break up the fight, one officer sustained scratches on his neck and arm,” Dottin said.
Last night, Kathy’s Nail Design was packed with patrons who chatted in several languages, including Vietamese, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
“A lot of people are angry with us, but they are just stressed out with their own lives and taking it out on the immigrant people,” said Carmen Riveira, 28, a native of the Dominican Republic who lives in Dorchester. “I pay my money to get my nails done. I can speak any language I want in here.”
Another patron, Kristine DaRosa, 18, of Dorchester, said her family would be directly affected by the immigration reform bill. One of her uncles is being deported to their native Cape Verde. [/b]