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Police Investigate Report of Assault on Water Street in Downtown Stillwater

A 23-year-old Stillwater man told police he was “sucker punched” by an unknown assailant on Water Street last weekend as he was leaving a bar in downtown Stillwater.

A 23-year-old Stillwater man reported that he was assaulted last weekend after leaving Rafters Bar and Grill in downtown Stillwater.

The man told police he was “sucker punched” by an unknown assailant on Water Street as he was leaving the bar. The man’s girlfriend also reported that the windshield of her vehicle was damaged while parked behind Midtown Antiques.

Stillwater Police believe the two incidents are related.

According to the report:

The Stillwater man told police that sometime between 12:45-1 a.m. on Nov. 25 an unknown man “sucker punched” him as he was walking to his friend’s vehicle. The man told police his glasses were knocked to the ground as a result of the attack, and he did not see the assailant as he left.

When police spoke with his girlfriend, she told police she was inside the establishment at the time of the assault, but reported that the windshield of her vehicle had been damaged sometime that night while it was parked in downtown.

The man had a black eye and a swollen nose as a result of the assault.

The man told police that he was with a large group of friends at the bar that night, but stated neither he nor any of his friends had any type of confrontation with anyone while downtown.

Police then spoke with the owner of Rafters, who stated he was not aware of any kind of "altercation" or "unruly behavior" at the bar that night. He made a copy of surveillance video and gave it to police for investigative purposes.

The incidents remain under investigation by Stillwater Police.

JENNIFER November 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
What has happened to stillwater it never used to be like this?
Susan November 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
From my experience, dating back to the late eighties, it's always been like this, it's just that people didn't report bar fights to the police and if they did, the public didn't have immediate access to the information online. But that's just my guess. Almost everyone does stupid things when dunk...we can just see and hear about it so much quicker now.
Randy Marsh November 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Actually Jennifer, Stillwater used to always be like this. Go back two or three decades or more and downtown Stillwater was a haven for roughnecks and hooligans.
Kris Janisch November 29, 2012 at 07:24 PM
For those who remember Ken Wisneski, he used to say that people would get tossed out of bars all the time back in the day. And by other patrons, not bouncers or something.
Randy Marsh November 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM
That will be the unintended and potentially tragic result of this proposed ordinance, Susan. Nobody will want to call the police if their liquor license is hanging in the balance and that is bad news for everybody.
Susan November 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Yes, I've come to see that after reading all the comments, and I was never for the liquor license being on the line. I still think that someone needs to pay for "excessive" calls, but I would have no idea about what is excessive and who should be on the hook. Someone recently made the comment that those doing the stupid things that require police attention should have to pay. I think that's a great idea, but probably not do-able. People also do stupid things when drunk....not just "dunk". :)
Susan November 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I've seen that in the smaller, neighborhood-type bars. People know the owners and staff and think of them as their own....they don't take kindly to "outsiders" creating trouble and are quick to resolve the issue on their own.

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