Charges withdrawn against boxer Spadafora in store incident

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 1:00 p.m. ET

FORD CITY, Pa. (AP) Prosecutors have withdrawn charges against former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora, who was accused of holding a knife in front of a convenience store worker.

Police said last month that Spadafora, known as The Pittsburgh Kid, appeared to be yelling at a Manor Township convenience store clerk while drunkenly holding a blueberry muffin and a tactical knife.

Defense attorney Phil DiLucente tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) Spadafora was using the knife to put cream cheese on the muffin. Charges in the incident were withdrawn on Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Thursday for charges in an incident hours earlier at a suburban Pittsburgh bar.

Police say Spadafora put a 63-year-old woman in a headlock, drank her beer and threw her to the pavement when she went to call police.