Police name suspect in Roppolo's Pizza attack



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Posted on October 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 11:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin police have identified a suspect in a September attack at a Roppolo's pizza truck in downtown Austin.

Police say 28-year-old Lambert J. Borgardt of Temple, Texas has admitted to being involved in the attack that happened during Austin's gay pride weekend.

Andrew Oppleman and his friend Nick Soret say they were waiting at the Roppolo Pizza truck at 4th Street and Colorado when an Asian man in a baseball cap began randomly talking to Soret.

In video captured on a surveillance camera mounted on the Roppolo’s Pizza trailer, Soret is seen walking up to the counter and picking up a slice of pizza. A man to his side, wearing a baseball cap and glasses, then turns to Soret. Within moments, the man pushes the pizza out of Soret’s hand. Seconds later Oppleman is seen stepping forward from the curb. The attacker then turns to Oppleman, punching him in the face. Oppleman starts to bleed. He lost several teeth in the punch. The attacker then turned around and punched Soret before walking off.  

Detectives say the owner of the trailer handed the video over as evidence.

After the surveillance video was released to the media, police received leads giving Borgardt's name.

"Of the numerous tips I received, two were great -- receiving the subject's name, Lambert Borgardt, and from there I contacted the subject, and he admitted to being involved in the assault," said Austin Police Detective Jason Barto.

"He's claiming self defense," added Detective Barton. "Obviously, we've seen the video."

"Self defense -- absolutely not," said Oppleman. "The video tells the whole story. It was an attack that was not initiated by myself or my buddy Nick Soret. He was getting pizza as you can see in the video."

A warrant for Borgardt's arrest charges him with aggravated assault, which is a second degree felony. Austin police say they are working with officers in Temple to have Borgardt arrested and transported.

"I just want justice to be served," said Oppleman. "I have nothing to say to this person. He knows in his hearts of hearts that he is wrong, regardless of the influence that he may or may not have been under at the time."

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