A LexPark meter attendant hired last year after spending two months in jail has been criminally charged for allegedly assaulting a 70-year-old building contractor in a skirmish over a parking ticket.
Wendell Lee Hall Jr., 38, will be arraigned Aug. 20 on a charge of fourth-degree assault, minor injury.
The charge stems from a July 16 incident that is thought to be the first physical altercation involving an on-the-job Lexington meter attendant.
According to a criminal complaint summons filed in Fayette District Court, building contractor Donald Perry, 70, questioned Hall as he was ticketing a vehicle at a downtown construction site.
Donald Perry's adult son, Steven Perry, left his truck partly parked in the roadway on Montmullin Street to unload 500 bricks, according to Steven Perry and the court document. Donald Perry asked Hall if he could unload the truck and then move it, but "an argument ensued," according to the court document.
Hall, a former professional boxer according to the boxing Web site BoxRec.com, allegedly struck Donald Perry in the face "with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious."
The court document said Donald Perry suffered a concussion, lacerations and bruising.
Hall, who was released from jail in December after serving 60 days for eluding Lexington police and resisting arrest, also filed a police report, alleging that Steven Perry struck him.
Steven Perry has acknowledged that he hit Hall, but said he did so only after he saw his father lying on the ground drifting in and out of consciousness.
Hall, who was served a summons to appear in court, did not return a message Tuesday.
No charges had been filed against Steven Perry as of Tuesday, according to Fayette District Court records.
Officials from Republic Parking, the company contracted to provide meter attendants for Lexington, said they were aware of Hall's criminal convictions when they hired him for a role that required him to interact with the public.
Gary Means, executive director of the Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority, said he is awaiting results of a police investigation to determine whether he will suggest changes in hiring practices for meter attendants.
Hall requested that he be put on unpaid leave while the criminal investigation proceeds, Republic officials said.