Derrick Gharabighi: Shopper charged in Nutella waffle fight ‘Watch’

Derrick Gharabighi: Man charged in Nutella waffle fight "Watch"

Derrick Gharabighi, charged in fight over Nutella waffle samples at Burbank Costco.

Derrick Gharabighi, 24, was hit with a case this week that alleges suspicion of “elder abuse with the special allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily injury on someone who is more than 70 years old,” according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

Gharabighi was scolded by a 78-year-old after the younger man took “multiple samples” of the treat from a sample table at the Costco in Burbank on Sunday morning, Burbank police said.

“The victim told Mr. Gharabighi that he wanted a sample and he shouldn’t take so many,” said Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

The District Attorney’s Office has a slightly different take, stating that “when the elderly victim reached out” for a sample “Gharabighi took all of them.”

“The victim then said he wanted one of the samples and told Gharabighi not to take so many,” the D.A.’s office said in a statement.

The suspect’s response during the 10:50 a.m. confrontation was to strike the old man in the face, cops and prosecutors alleged. The victim, who has since been identified as Sahak Sahakian, sustained facial swelling and a laceration above his left eye, authorities said.

He was hospitalized, treated and released.

Gharabighi was arrested and booked in lieu of $50,000, police said. Yesterday he pleaded not guilty to the D.A.’s case.

If convicted the 24-year-old could face 11 years behind bars. His next court date was scheduled for Oct. 2.

  • Myster Treknut

    He deserves every minute of those eleven years.

    • cxcvin€ cxbvin

      really? for a punch and being ignorant? that justifies 11 years of his life? it scares/saddens me that people like you are capable of being on a jury… He should be punished but that’s excessive

      • Myster Treknut

        Attacking someone much less an elderly person goes way beyond arrogance and a “punch”. The anger behind that punch indicates a person unable to control themselves and should be removed from society.

        • cxcvin€ cxbvin

          i still believe 11 years is too much… murderers and attempted murderers have done less time in a lot of cases. this is a case where a judge “made an example” out of somebody. the only problem with that is when you make an example out of somebody you throw fairness and justice out of the window to punish a person in a way to send a message to future offenders. did you hear that??? they over-punish you to stop hypothetical criminals… doesn’t seem fair and just to me…

  • Mark Desade

    Good luck in prison, dude! Since you’re 24 years old, you’ll be passed around the prisoners like a bag of potato chips.

  • danny

    It’s a roundup! They can send you to prison now for anything!

    When I was coming up they didn’t have all of these strict Laws and ways to put someone in prison.

    My God, 11 years for what use to happen all the time, bar fights, food fights, misunderstandings, etc.

  • Jerry Whitaker

    I hope they give that piece of trash 15 years in jail.
    No need for anyone to punch a 78 year old,
    Don’t matter what he did.
    His bail was $50,000.00, should have been $1,000,000.00

  • Vera Lough

    11 years seems excessive, but with all the disrespectful youth out there now, someone has to do something to let them know that there are boundries that you should never cross, you don’t beat on women, children and the elderly. back in the day, young men did not typically beat on the elderly. they may have fought with each other, but rarely did you see a fight between a young man and an elderly man. more like an argument that ended in a standoff, and they both walked away. because, back then they had more respect for their elders, but it seems like his mama didn’t teach him well, so off to jail he goes, and over food, for crying out loud. you can’t fix stupid!