Couple Sues After Construction Crew Blocks Drive to Emergency Vet

New York City couple says men also damaged their car
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2016 7:45 AM CDT
Couple Sues After Construction Crew Blocks Drive to Emergency Vet

(Newser) – A New York couple is suing two construction workers they allege not only blocked them from driving their bulldog to an emergency vet appointment but jumped on and damaged their BMW. Jair Freire and wife Angela Cuce say that Bienvenido Rodriguez and Anthony Pate were given "pseudo authority" over civilians and traffic, which they call a mistake because Pate has "an extensive history of violent felony convictions," reports the New York Daily News. According to court papers, Freire begged the workers to let him through as his dog, Bruiser, lay dying in the back seat, at which point Rodriguez banged on the car and yelled, "I don't give a f--- about your dog." Pate then allegedly threw himself onto the car and Freire was only able to "inch forward" to escape.

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The couple is seeking damages of $1 million, though their attorney—who tells the New York Post the two men are "knuckleheads"—insists that the lawsuit "is not about money" but principle, because "angry people should not be put in a position of power." Friere was arrested at the vet after Rodriguez and Pate claimed shoulder, neck, and back pain from being hurled into the air, though the charges were dropped. Friere also says Rodriguez threatened, "I'm gonna get you" at his home. The Daily News reports that Pate is due to be sentenced for assault with a hammer in a 2014 bar brawl and that a man named Anthony Pate in New Jersey claims the worker stole his identity years ago.) Bruiser, meanwhile, survived the ordeal, but died months later. (At least they didn't run into this guy.)

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