Richmond police issued a statement Wednesday about its investigation into an alleged assault at a downtown Richmond bar where an Eastern Kentucky University football player was injured.
Jeff Scurry, the father of EKU offensive lineman Colton Scurry, said in an interview Tuesday night that his son suffered a broken nose and facial fractures at Jerzee's Cocktail Lounge & Dance Club early Sunday on Main Street in Richmond. There have been reports that the fight involved University of Kentucky football players, but Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock didn't mention UK or identify anyone.
The police news release said that at 5 p.m. Sunday, a person reported to Richmond police that he "had been assaulted at a local bar by several male subjects."
The man reported that he was at Jerzee's, 122 East Main Street, about 12:30 a.m. "when he was grabbed by three to four males who began hitting" him "repeatedly in the head."
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The man reported losing consciousness at one point, the news release said.
After the assault, the man attempted to walk back to EKU. He was accompanied by two women who attempted to aid him.
"Eventually an ambulance was summoned and the complainant was taken to Baptist Health Richmond hospital for treatment," the news release said.
The man "reported that he suffered cuts under his right eye, above his left eye, and to his head that required closure by stitches or staples. He also suffered a broken nose and broken bones in and around his right cheek bone and orbital socket."
The officer who took the report observed severe swelling and bruising to the man's face, the report said.
Richmond police said the investigation is continuing with interviews of witnesses and analysis of evidence.
"Once the investigation has been completed and the facts are fully established, the department will take the appropriate action with regard to the filing of charges against any person deemed to be culpable," the news release said. "Until that time, the department will have no further comment on the matter."
The fight raises questions about Jerzee's. Scurry was listed as 20 years old on the EKU sports website.
Richmond's ordinance in regard to the admittance of people younger than 21 into bars mirrors state law, said Mark Shepherd, a lawyer and alcoholic beverage control administrator for the city of Richmond.
"In a city of our class, you cannot enter a bar that does not derive at least 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of food," Shepherd said. "In other words, you're not really a restaurant; you're a bar. You cannot enter into or remain upon those premises if you're under 21 years of age."
However, there are instances in which a person younger than 21 can enter and remain in a bar for a limited period of time, Shepherd said.
Those instances are when a "prebooked concert" is at a bar. House bands, disc jockeys and karaoke are not considered prebooked concerts under state law.
"Minors can be on the premises during the performance but then they have to leave," Shepherd said.
Shepherd said he couldn't recall if Jerzee's has live performances. "I certainly don't recall that being a regular part of their advertising," he said. "There are a couple of places in town that do, on the east end of town and down on Water Street, ... pretty regularly advertise live music."
Shepherd said there have been past complaints about Jerzee's.
"We do have in our files instances in which Jerzee's has been cited or there's been a disturbance or something similar to that," Shepherd said.
Asked whether Jerzee's has had more complaints than other bars in Richmond, Shepherd said he would have to review the files before he could answer definitively.
A call to Justin Robert Waggoner, who is listed as a manager of Jerzee's on the Kentucky Secretary of State website, was not returned. Another manager, Bryson Alford, could not be reached for comment.