- Sunday, 10
Albany, New York
arrested after Albany bar fight
- Police say ejected
patron began fight by putting bouncer in a headlock
were arrested after a scuffle early Sunday morning involving
the trio, bar bouncers and Albany police.
John Haffner, a
22-year-old Troy man, was at the Pearl Street Pub around
3:20 a.m. Sunday when he was asked to leave for violating
its dress code, according to Albany Police spokesman James
started to escort him out, so he put the bouncer in a
headlock," Miller said.
came to help. But Justin Sowalsky, a 24-year-old Latham man,
tackled him, Miller said. Albany Police officers on North
Pearl Street near Steuben Street then moved to intervene,
As they did,
23-year-old Natasha Clark of Troy allegedly punched one of
the officers in the face, Miller said. The unrest continued;
10 officers eventually responded to the bar, Miller said.
He said Clark
was charged with second-degree assault, and that Haffner and
Sowalsky were charged with third-degree assault. All three
were also charged with resisting arrest and arraigned later
In a statement
issued later Sunday, Pearl Street Pub proprietors Chris
Pratt and John DeJohn said they were "distressed" by
security personnel and record of safety are vital to our
business success. We believe that PSP personnel on duty
conducted themselves in an appropriate manner, and therefore
have not been charged with any criminal offense," they said.
"We would like to see the patrons arrested by the Albany
Police prosecuted in accordance with the law. We see this
incident as nothing more than misconduct by a few of PSP
patrons who stand out as the exception, and we regret the
altercation has reached this magnitude."