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Man jailed after assaulting Rockland Kosher supermarket guard with baseball bat

By Mason White 6:21 PM July 17, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault related charges after beating a kosher supermarket guard with a baseball bat, according to court proceedings in New York.

A 54-year-old homeless man was found guilty Tuesday of assaulting a security guard at the Rockland Kosher supermarket, authorities said.

After deliberating for 20 minutes, a jury convicted Paul Rizzo of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.

Rizzo was inside Rockland Kosher Supermarket, located at 27 Orchard Street, in Monsey, when the attack occurred at 1:47 pm on August 10, Zugibe said.

Rizzo began acting out and was asked to leave the store, but he refused. During the dispute, Rizzo hit the security guard twice with the bat. He injured his left arm.

Rizzo, who was indicted by a grand jury on September 12, was held Tuesday at the Rockland County Jail, where he awaits sentencing by the Rockland County Surrogate Judge Thomas Walsh. He faces up to seven years in prison.
Zugibe described Rizzo as a career criminal, who has a long record of arrests and three prior felony convictions.