Video shows bouncer hitting patron across the head using pool stick

Published: May. 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM EDT|Updated: May. 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM EDT
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Golden Deleon, Tim Lawhorn and Gary Long.
Golden Deleon, Tim Lawhorn and Gary Long.

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released surveillance video from a Goose Creek tavern showing a bouncer using a pool stick to strike a man in the back of the head.

In the newly released video, a bouncer at the Two Keys Tavern on College Park Road can be seen grabbing a pool stick, breaking it in half then striking a patron in the back of the head. The video shows the bouncer then chasing another person around the tavern.

The Goose Creek Police Department arrested 41-year-old Gary Long, 30-year-old Golden Deleon and 35-year-old Tim Lawhorn in connection to the alleged assault and kidnapping at  the tavern.

According to police warrants, on April 21, Long, the manager of the tavern at the time, was attempting to collect bets from gambling that was taking place on pool games. Police say Long then ordered bouncers to lock down the business and not allow anyone to leave.

Warrants state that Long gave Lawhorn, a bouncer at the tavern, the "green light" to assault a man. Police say Lawhorn then hit the man with a pool stick and held him down while Deleon, another bouncer, forcibly removed the victim's cell phone and money.

All three men were charged with six counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Long and Lawhorn were also each charged with two counts of first-degree assault and battery.

Mark Keller, owner of the Two Keys Tavern, released a statement Tuesday afternoon in regards to the video released.

"After watching the video, Two Keys Tavern is deeply concerned that such a mindless act could have ever happened in our establishment. We want all of our patrons to know that this was in no way sanctioned by the ownership," Keller said on Tuesday." This came from our own surveillance video, used for the safety of our patrons, and will work to help prove the truth of what occurred. Two Keys Tavern ownership will continue to work with the authorities to the fullest extent.  The video shows that we have an attractive place that has held appeal for some time now, and we want to assure everyone that Two Keys tavern is completely safe and ready to resume our status as the number one tavern in the area."

"As a reminder, the three individuals charged are no longer employed with or associated with Two Keys Tavern, so this is now in the hands of the police and the courts," Keller said."It will be up to them to determine where the truth lies. It's unfortunate that the incident occurred on the premises of Two Keys Tavern, but those who know us and care about what happens there, know that this type of incident is uncharacteristic of our establishment."

Police officers were informed of the incident after one of the victims called 911 on Saturday and told emergency personnel that a friend of theirs had been struck at the tavern.The four victims told investigators that they were held against their will after a manager became angry over an unpaid bet and locked the tavern.

Two of the victims told officers that one of the bouncers was given the "green light" by the manager to assault one of the patrons. A police report states that the bouncer approached one of the victims from behind and struck him with a pool cue.

One of the victims reported to police that 20 people were inside the tavern when the manager ordered the establishment to be locked down.

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