Customer Cuts Customer, Refuses to Pay $32 Bar Tab, Police Say

The Largo Police Department arrested two men early Monday morning after an incident at Sportscasters Bar & Grill, where a customer was injured and a door was broken over an unpaid bar tab, according to an arrest affidavit.

A customer received several minor cuts and lacerations after coming to the aid of a Sportscasters Bar & Grill employee who was trying to collect a bar tab from two other patrons early Monday morning, according to a police report.

When Victor Lee Brown and William Cullen Thomas left after allegedly not paying their $32 bar tab, an employee followed them into the parking lot, Largo Police said. A customer got into a verbal argument with Brown, who then got a knife and screwdriver out of his vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

Then Brown became "the agressor toward (the customer) causing several minor cuts and lacerations. (The customer) retreated into the bar," according to the affidavit.

Brown and Thomas then tried to go back into the bar and reportedly shattered the front glass door. The incident was caught on video surveillance, according to the report.

Brown, 33, of Largo, was arrested on the charges of retail theft, aggravated battery with deadly weapon and criminal mischief. He was in the Pinellas County Jail on Oct. 29 awaiting trial. He was held on $16,000 bond.

Thomas, 33, of Clearwater, was arrested on the charges of criminal mischief and retail theft. He was in Pinellas County Jail on Oct. 29 awaiting trial. He was held on $300 bond.


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