A North Bergen NJ restaurant is in trouble after a bouncer was arrested following a brawl.
A patron of the Waterside restaurant at 7800 River Road told police that he had been trying to remove his brother from an altercation at the restaurant when he was grabbed by bouncers and thrown to the ground.
According to police reports, the man was kicked and struck with a flashlight several times by Calixto Baez, a restaurant security employee. As a result, the man suffered injuries, including blurred vision in his right eye, bruising, and a bloody nose.
Mr. Baez, a 29-year-old Caldwell resident, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
In New Jersey, aggravated assault is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1. A person is guilty of second degree aggravated assault if he attempts to cause bodily injury to another person while using a deadly weapon. Because Mr. Baez is accused of assaulting the victim with a flashlight, he could face second degree aggravated assault charges. If convicted, Mr. Baez may be sentenced to as many as ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison.
Additionally, another worker at the restaurant was arrested for allegedly falsifying documents. During the investigation, officials from the State inspected the restaurant and found that 19-year-old employee Daniel Medrano was using a fake driver’s license and a phony residence card. Kearny police arrested Mr. Medrano and took him to the Hudson County Jail.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “North Bergen Restaurant in Hot Water After Brawl, Police Say.”