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Connecticut Karaoke Assault

Cops: Women attacked singer for lousy bar performance


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Connecticut Karaoke Assault

SEPTEMBER 24--Six women were arrested last night after they allegedly assaulted a female karaoke singer whose performance they panned. The attack occurred at a bar in Stamford, Connecticut, where Leidy Alcantara, 25, had performed a song by Juanes, the chart-topping Colombian singer.

According to a police press release, the six arrestees made "derogatory comments about the other female's singing ability (or lack thereof) and then repeatedly punched, kicked and pulled the hair of the victim before leaving the bar."

Alcantara, who suffered a chipped tooth and was left with numerous bruises, was treated at a local hospital. Her alleged assailants, pictured in these mug shots, were nabbed after witnesses followed the women and pointed them out to police. The women--four are 19, two are 20--were charged with assault, conspiracy to commit assault, and breach of peace. Each alleged attacker was released after posting $500 bond, and are scheduled for a court appearance on October 5.

Last night's karaoke attack was the third in the past couple of years. A Seattle man was throttled in August 2007 after performing a Coldplay song, while a Wisconsin man was attacked last November following his interpretation of a Ronnie James Dio song. (2 pages)