2008-05-02 / Top Stories

Rite Aide Manager Busted in Melee

By Howard Schwach

The manager of the new Rite Aide Pharmacy surrendered to detectives at the 100 Precinct last Monday, and was promptly arrested for his part in the melee that took place in the store's parking lot on April 24.

Sources identified the arrested man as Mike Persaud, the manager of the new facility located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 108 Street.

Persaud was arrested for assault in the third degree and issued a Desk Appearance Ticket that requires him to appear in court later this month to answer the charges, sources say.

His arrest arises from the April incident, in which Persaud allegedly punched Michelle McMahon in the face while he was trying to get to a fight in the parking lot that, eyewitness say, was precipitated by his workers.

McMahon told The Wave at the time that she was exiting the store when she saw the fight in the parking lot. She says that she was pushed from behind by Persaud and then punched in the face when she did not move away.

She said that she approached Persaud and asked why he hit her, only to be berated and cursed at by the store manager.

McMahon's face was badly bruised in the incident and she was treated for her injures at a local hospital.

The incident reportedly started with a stare-down between a store employee and a customer.

That disagreement spilled over into the parking lot, where several store employees, including a security guard, assaulted the customer and a relative.

Rockaway resident Regina Carey was also shopping at the store that day. She told The Wave that the store's security guard was screaming at a "kid" in the parking lot, when the manager came out of the store with five or six other employees. One was carrying a bat and another a pipe, Carey stated.

"The manager had no control over his workers," she said. "I saw a man get involved and the security guard pushed him. The man fell and hit his head against a metal pole. The manager pulled back the security guard after he pushed the man, but I could see that he was laughing. All I could think of was that the security guard should be fired for his total lack of self-control and the manager should get fired for his total lack of control over his workers. They were all out of control."

Sources told The Wave that Persaud was accompanied by a Rite Aid attorney when he turned himself in on Monday, but The Wave has been unable to corroborate that information.

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