A Coral Springs brew pub employee needed 13 staples to close a bleeding gash in his forehead after four customers balked at their bill and threw chairs, glass mugs, Christmas ornaments and a salt shaker, a police report says.
The ruckus erupted about 11 p.m. Sunday at the Big Bear Brewing Company, resulting in $2,000 in damage and four arrests.
Numerous callers phoned 911 to report the fracas. One screaming, sobbing woman told the 911 dispatcher that she was hiding behind the bar because a fight broke out after customers argued over a tab.
“I’m calling the cops! I’m calling the cops!” she screamed into the phone. “There are people fighting! … Oh my God, they’re still throwing stuff, please come! I’m scared! Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!”
Another caller, a cook at the restaurant, called 911 to report that a server had been hit with a bottle.
“There is like four guys that just ran through the back of the kitchen and they’re fighting with our employees,” the cook said. “One of our servers just got hit over the head with a glass bottle…they’re still here, they’re still here, they’re still here!”
The owner of the restaurant, 1800 University Drive, declined Tuesday to speak with a reporter about the incident.
The four arrested were Eurasha Fonseca, Abby Thompson, Claude Galland and Roosevelt Laguerre.
When police were headed to the scene, dispatchers advised that a group of unruly customers was attacking servers and one employee was bleeding from a head wound, the report said.
Arrested in the parking lot in her car, Fonseca, 25, of Coconut Creek, is accused of narrowly missing an employee when she threw a glass mug that shattered against a wall, the report said.
Fonseca is facing charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
With Fonseca in the car was Thompson, 19, of Fort Lauderdale. Thompson is accused of giving police a false name.
The disturbance began, the report says, when Galland, 29, of Coral Springs, and Laguerre, 29, of Fort Lauderdale, argued with an employee. When another employee tried to intervene, he got punched and cracked across the forehead with a glass mug, the report said.
That employee, Michael Pierce, was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center, where it took 13 staples to suture the wound on his forehead. When reached by telephone Tuesday morning, Pierce declined to comment.
The bartender told police Laguerre ran around the restaurant cursing and upending things, tried to break a glass wall and threw a salt shaker at her, the report said.
Galland faces charges of aggravated battery, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Laguerre faces those charges, as well as assault, battery and resisting an officer.
Each of the arrested posted bond and was released from jail Monday afternoon, records show.