3 men convicted of assault in wedding reception fight

Man lost an eye in melee at Russian restaurant

January 17, 2004|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

Three men were convicted of assault yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court for their involvement in a melee that happened during a wedding reception at a Russian restaurant and caused one patron to lose an eye.

Sergey Zhuchikov, 32, of Monsey, N.Y., Oleg Grynyk, 24, of Woodbridge, Va., and Aleksey Mamet, 23, of New York City were each found guilty by a jury of two counts of second-degree assault, said Assistant State's Attorney John Cox, who prosecuted the case.

Second-degree assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment. The men are scheduled for sentencing on March 3 before Judge M. Brooke Murdock.

They were convicted of assaulting Edward Veytsman, 62, and Leonid Barmak, 38, on Aug. 12, 2001, at New York Palace Restaurant on Park Avenue.

That day, as Grynyk and his bride held a wedding reception at the restaurant, Veytsman and Barmak dined there with their wives, Cox said.

The incident began after Tatyana Veytsman was allegedly assaulted in the ladies' restroom.

"A little bit later in the evening, Mrs. Veytsman and Mrs. Barmak got up to go to the restroom and at that point ... the bride physically assaulted Mrs. Veytsman," Cox said. Moments later, an unidentified man then struck Tatyana Veytsman in the face and knocked her unconscious as she left the bathroom, Cox said.

After hearing their wives scream, Veytsman and Barmak tried to assist them but were knocked to the floor by a group of young men who were attending the wedding reception, Cox said. The men began kicking Veytsman and Barmak, causing Veytsman to lose his left eye, Cox said.

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