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IHOP employee accused of running over customer

11:59 AM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
Kenneth Hale, Jr., is accused attempted criminal homicide and robbery. He is accused of running over a man with a car after an argument about whether the victim paid his IHOP bill.
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A 30-year-old parolee is accused of beating a man and running over him twice with a car after an argument about whether the man and his friend paid their IHOP bill, Metro police said Sunday.

The dispute has led to attempted criminal homicide and robbery charges in Nashville against the parolee, Kenneth Hale, Jr., police said in a news release.

At about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Henry Fletcher Jr., 28 and Dearies Holland, 26, left the IHOP restaurant in the 5400 block of Target Drive in Antioch when Hale confronted the men about whether they had pad their bill, police said.

Hale, an IHOP employee, argued with Fletcher and Holland in the parking lot before the two drove off in a Dodge Charger Daytona. Hale got into a red car and followed them, police said.

The argument continued in the parking lot of the Chimney Top Apartments on Chimney Top Drive where Hale punched Fletcher in the head. Fletcher fell to the ground unconscious, police said. Holland fled on foot and police said Hale then allegedly kicked Fletcher again before getting into the Dodge.

According to witnesses, Hale used the Dodge to run over Fletcher twice before driving off, police said.

Fletcher was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in critical condition, police said.

Hale, who has convictions in Illinois for possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery, turned himself in to police at the South Precinct, according to the police statement. He is being held on $200,000 bond.

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