James Iannazzo Merrill Lynch Arrested! Jim Iannazzo, Man Charged in Robeks Smoothie Shop Video

James Iannazzo, Former manager Merrill Lynch wealth is the man who threw a drink at Robeks smoothie shop employees while unleashing a racist and vulgar rant during a viral incident in Fairfield, Connecticut, according to reports.

The authorities has arrested and charged James Iannazzo of Merrill Lynch for second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias, second-degree breach of peace and first-degree criminal trespass after the Saturday, January 22, 2022.

James Iannazzo told the police that he was angered because “his son having a severe allergic reaction and he went back to the store as a result.”

During the investigation, employees reported that Iannazzo never told them about the peanut allergy but had only requested that there be no peanut butter in his drink

The authorities said that, officers were called to Iannazzo’s home about 1:39 p.m. for a juvenile who had an allergic reaction and had to be taken to a local hospital. Fairfield Police said Iannazzo then returned to the store and threw things, yelled at employees and refused to leave. He also made statements regarding one of the worker’s immigration status, leading to the hate crime charge, police said.

Frank Riccio II, James Iannazzo Lawyer said, “Mr. Iannazzo wholeheartedly regrets the incident that took place at the Fairfield Robeks on January 22, 2022. Mr. Iannazzo placed an order at the Robeks and stressed to the staff that the product must not contain peanuts. His receipt acknowledged that the order should not contain peanut butter. His son has a life-threatening peanut butter allergy.”

Riccio, a Bridgeport-based attorney, added, “Upon drinking the Robeks smoothie, his son had a severe allergic reaction which required transport via ambulance to the hospital. When faced with a dire situation for his son, Mr. Iannazzo’s parental instinct kicked in and he acted out of anger and fear. He is not a racist individual and deeply regrets his statements and actions during a moment of extreme emotional stress.”

Bill Halldin, a spokesperson for Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, said in a statement, “Our company does not tolerate behavior of this kind. We immediately investigated and have taken action. This individual is no longer employed at our firm.”

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