DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit business owner accused of spitting on a security guard at a popular open air market has appeared in court on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.

Robert Stanzler was arraigned Tuesday in 36th District Court. An Aug. 2 pre-trial hearing was scheduled.

The spitting incident occurred July 17 over a parking issue during an event at Eastern Market. The security guard turned over a cellphone recording of the incident to police.

The 50-year-old Stanzler was taken into custody at the scene and later released.

A magistrate ordered him Tuesday to have no contact with the security guard.

Stanzler’s attorney, Dean Elliott, declined to comment Tuesday on the charge.

Stanzler has been suspended from selling merchandise from his retail business at Eastern Market.

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