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Aaron Hernandez’s name sparks brawl at Connecticut diner

- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2013

A brawl erupted in a Hartford, Conn., diner early Saturday morning after a customer mistook another for suspected killer Aaron Hernandez

"It was determined that the fight started over a mistaken identity; someone thought they had seen Aaron Hernandez and shouted out 'Hey, Aaron Hernandez,'" a police press release stated.

Some words were exchanged and a fight broke out. A woman was punched in the face and pushed to the floor, and Alberto Lopez, 30, of Bristol, Conn., and Thomas Miller, 30, of Torrington, Conn., were cut on their faces, police said.

The two men told police that DJ Hernandez, Aaron Hernandez's brother, had been sitting at a table with them but was not involved in the fight, Lt. Frank Fallon said, according to The Hartford Courant.

Lt. Fallon said police don't know if DJ Hernandez was actually at the diner. If he was, he was gone before police arrived, Lt. Fallon told the media.

DJ Hernandez is an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. His brother, Aaron, recently was dropped from the New England Patriots after being charged with the killing of Odin Lloyd.

Mr. Lopez and Mr. Miller have both been charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, The Courant reported.

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