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Women Tell Their Side Of Pasta Assault
Pair Faces Charges In Roxbury Incident
POSTED: 2:00 pm EDT April 28, 2010
UPDATED: 6:06 am EDT April 29, 2010
BOSTON -- Two women accused of assaulting a Roxbury man who they said wouldn't hold the elevator for them told their side of the story Wednesday.
The man was hit with a plate of food during the incident.
"It was just one plate of food -- a cookout plate. It had birthday cake, Italian pasta noodles and maybe a hot dog," Kenyana McQuay said.
Two Roxbury mothers are now laughing about the pasta-pelting incident. They said the assault and battery charges they're facing, however, are far from funny.
"It wasn't over the elevator or him not holding the door," said McQuay, who is charged with assault and battery.
No one's disputing that Mohammad Warsame did not hold the elevator door for the women Saturday night.
He claims they didn't use their security pass to access the Tremont Street apartment building, so he wasn't sure if they lived there.
"They say, 'Why don't you open the door?' I say, 'It's illegal. To get in you must have a pass,'" Warsame said.
The pair claims there's no way Warsame didn't see them. One of the woman said she even tried to wave her hand and jam her foot in the doorway.
"So I said, 'Hey, hey. You're going to close my leg in the elevator door.' And he said, 'Oh I didn't see you. I said, 'You're looking right at me. You see me,'" McQuay said.
McQuay and Waltia Funches insist they let the whole elevator dispute rest, but they say Warsame wouldn't let it go. The women said he yelled out racial slurs and swung at Funches as she stepped off the elevator leading to her apartment. McQuay was holding the pasta.
"I just swung with my right hand and the plate just came out and went all over the place," she said.
The women said they fought back with their purses, and never kicked, punched or spit on Warsame.
He allegedly threw water bottles at the pair as they ran down the hallway. Funches said she was bruised by one of the bottles.
"Mohammad swung back, so I don't know why he's making it seem like he just got beat up on the elevator," Funches said.
The women said they were upset they had no leftovers to take home.
"And I was mad at that I was in the hallway elevator cleaning it up and it smelled so good," McQuay said.