Area man protects his business

Area man protects his business

DECATUR -- A local business owner never wanted to fight anyone in the streets, but when a threat came to his door, he did what he had to do.
DECATUR -- A local business owner never wanted to fight anyone in the streets, but when a threat came to his door, he did what he had to do. The fight happened at Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness on North Main Street. Devonte Ambrose was arrested for attacking the owner. WCIA-3's Amanda Porterfield has the story.

Owner Jason Reinhardt says this was a misunderstanding gone wrong. But after this fight, he's not beating himself up, because he says he did the right thing.

"It's embarrassing. I tell these kids everyday, 'don't fight on the playground.'"

But Reinhardt says he does tell students is to defend themselves. When a man came in off the street and attacked him, that's exactly what he did.

"I am not going to back down to a fight when it's in my place of business."

The fight led to the front window being busted out. Reinhardt says he had just finished a class when a woman walked in and started cursing in front of his students. He asked her to leave, and that's when 21-year old Devonte Ambrose came in.

"Twenty seconds later, a pretty large guy comes in there. He was irate and wanted to fight me, because he said I disrespected his grandmother," Reinhardt says. "He didn't leave and the next thing I know, he started throwing punches at my face."

Reinhardt has been doing martial arts since he was nine, and has even made it to the UFC. He says at that moment, the calmness of defending yourself in the street took over.

"The hole in a wall there, that was the gentleman's head. We hit the window and the glass shattered, and actually the tarp probably saved us from getting really cut up."

Along with an officer who happened to be walking by and broke up the fight.

"Thank God the police officer came and I didn't have to do what I know I am capable of doing."

Reinhardt has cuts on his foot and neck, but says, at the end of the day, he was able to protect what's important.

"I will protect my students to the death, my number one priority is protecting my students."

Reinhardt says he's ordered a new security system. It will let him monitor the studio from home. As for Devonte Ambrose, he faces aggravated battery and property damage charges.
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