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Victorville bar with violent history reopens
Victorville >> A nightclub that the city sought to shutter because of a history of violence reopened its doors this weekend and almost immediately another violent incident ensued.
Teazers Bar Grill on Seventh Street was closed after the five member City Council unanimously voted to pull the bar conditional use permit on Aug. 6. The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department had asked the city to shut the bar down back in May.
Club owners George Thanos and his son Tom Thanopolous took the matter to court and on Nov. 22, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge David Cohn ruled the city findings weren supported by the evidence presented by the city, and cleared the way for the club to reopen.
This weekend, Teazers reopened, and a violent incident occurred early Sunday.
Armed security officer Charles Culpepper, who works under contract from an Apple Valley security service, said Sunday that he had a confrontation with a male would be patron after he turned two women away from the club.
have another guard who under me. He turned them away for (one woman) being underage, Culpepper said. came back and said that she gave us a fake ID because she hadn been able to find her real ID.
She returned with another woman, the one pictured on the ID, that lady was drunk. I refused her entry too. rest of the women group was waiting outside, according to Culpepper.
of the drinking they did was at our club, idpurchase.com he said. asked them to leave. I had a verbal altercation with her. She said some things that warranted me calling 9 1 1. group standing outside the club included one man, later identified by the Sheriff Department as Tyrell Smith, 29, of Apple Valley, who allegedly told Culpepper he knew where he lived and would come back and shoot him at his home.
Deputies arrived as Culpepper was walking the group toward their cars.
soon as he saw the deputy (pull in) behind me, he took off fast, Culpepper said. all that happened. They wanted to go into the club, I denied entry into the club, they took off. group had left in two vehicles. Deputies located the vehicles nearby and followed the vehicles down a dead end street in the 13900 block of Smoke Tree Road, and stopped Smith vehicle. Smith was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of making criminal threats and held on $50,000 bail.
happened between them and Victorville PD is not on Teazers, fake id Culpepper said. weren even at Teazers when the bullets started flying. early Sunday incident vindicates the council vote back in August, according to one council member.
we were right Councilwoman Angela Valles said Sunday. don have enough police on the streets of Victorville, and deputies have to spend a disproportionate amount of time dealing with the bar and its patrons, she said. going to have to deal with DUIs, stabbings, whatever going on in that club.
not done trying to shut down Teazers, Valles said, although she wouldn elaborate on what further steps city officials planned to take.
Victorville officials aren alone in their criticism of the bar; area residents have complained online about Teazers and its clientele.
whatever reason, that place just attracts a bad element, area resident Tammie Boulanger said on Facebook. many shootings, idreddit.com stabbings, (and) drug deals does it take before they just turn it into a parking lot? Would really like to see the stats. Going to guess it one of the busiest police response locations in the High Desert.
I worked at Denny we were calling the cops every night, Victorville resident Breana Carmona posted on Facebook, the people that (used) to come from Teazers would run out on the bill or fight there after Teazers closed. We even had a big gang fight happen there and they came from Teazers. bar has been the site of two deaths: a 2011 hit and run when a club patron backed over Damisha Ford, 29, as he was fleeing an angry mob, and the fatal shooting of security guard Sean Thrift, 29, earlier that year.
place needs to be demolished completely. Bunch of bad juju there, said Yuri Acosta Pummill of Victorville. still remember so many conversations I had with Sean (Thrift). He was a great guy in a horrible place. said the security guards and the club did all that can be reasonably expected early Sunday.