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Two arrested after fight at city bar
BY KEITH EPPS
Two men were arrested following an altercation at a Fredericksburg nightspot early Saturday, including one who police initially thought was a woman.
Police went to the Café New Orleans at 216 William St. just before 2 a.m. in response to reports of a fight in progress, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.
The first officer on the scene, Cpl. Matt Deschenes, saw one of the patrons punching a bouncer in the face in the upstairs area of the business known as The Bourbon Room.
Deschenes took that patron, a 24-year-old Woodbridge man, into custody and was about to walk him down the stairs when one of the man’s friends grabbed the officer from behind and put him in a chokehold, Bledsoe said.
Deschenes, who already had his pepper spray out, reached up over his shoulder and sprayed his attacker in the face, according to the police report.
That man, 31-year-old George Hayn of Woodbridge, stopped fighting after being sprayed and was also taken into custody. He was later charged with felony assault on a police officer and obstruction of justice, Bledsoe said.
Other officers had arrived and police had Hayn outside the business when someone dressed as a woman ran up and started screaming at police. After taking that person into custody on a public intoxication charges, Bledsoe said, police realized the 25-year-old Eric Michael Hunt of Woodbridge was actually a man. They also learned that Hunt was wanted in Prince William for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor destruction of property charge.
Hayn and Hunt were both placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under $1,500 bonds.
Meanwhile, the man who Deschenes saw punching the bouncer left the scene during the commotion and has not been charged.
Bledsoe said the man left his identification behind and the bouncer was advised how to obtain his own warrant if he so desired.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404