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UPDATED: Stillwater Man Remains Critical after Assault at Pirate Bar

Adam McCloud, 29, of Stillwater, remains in critical condition after being assaulted last week in the Pirate Bar at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque. A 22-year-old Stillwater man was arrested Monday, and remains in jail pending first-degree assault charges.

A 29-year-old Stillwater man is on life support after being assaulted last week in the Pirate Bar at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque.

Police were called to a report of an assault in the Pirate Bar at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said.

When officers arrived they found Adam McCloud lying on the ground, conscious, but friends told police he had been knocked out.

McCloud, a Stillwater resident and bartender at Acapulco Restaurant, is in "very critical condition," his brother-in-law Larry Odebrecht told Stillwater Patch Tuesday afternoon. He is in a chemical-induced coma, not able to speak with his family.

Click here to view Adam McCloud's CaringBridge site.

McCloud has gone “continually downhill” since he got to the hospital early Friday morning, Odebrecht said. He was transferred from Lakeview Hospital to Regions, where his condition “continues to get worse.”

Odebrecht, a Stillwater resident, describes McCloud as a “really fun, sweet guy and a fantastic uncle to my kids.”

Shortly after the assault, a 22-year-old Stillwater man was named a suspect in the assault, but he was not arrested.

On Monday afternoon, Eric Richard, 22, of Stillwater, was arrested, according to jail records, and remains in custody pending first-degree assault charges while police continue to investigate the incident.

McCloud and Richard did not know each other, police told the Pioneer Press, but they had been interacting throughout the evening.

It appears that after the victim was struck, he fell to the ground and hit his head, Stender said. At this point in the investigation police believe only two men were involved in the incident—and it does not appear that a weapon was used in the assault.

“This act of senseless violence has ruined Adam’s life, the life of the attacker and the families of both," Odebrecht said. “I know our family hopes others will learn from this, and not make the same mistake.”

UPDATED FROM: Monday, 9 p.m.

A 29-year-old Stillwater man is in critical condition after being assaulted last week in the Pirate Bar at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque.

Police were called to a report of an assault in the Pirate Bar at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said. When officers arrived they found a 31-year-old Stillwater man lying on the ground, conscious but friends told police he had been knocked out.

At that time a 22-year-old Stillwater man was named a suspect in the assault, but he was not arrested.

The 29-year-old man was transported to the hospital by medics—and at that time—his injuries were thought to be “inconsequential,” Stender said.

“Over the weekend,” Stender said, “the victim took a turn for the worse.”

As of Monday night, the 29-year-old Stillwater man was in critical condition with an uncertain prognosis, Stender said. He is being treated for severe head trauma at Regions Hospital.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on Monday afternoon, Stender said, and remains in Washington County Jail pending first-degree assault charges while police continue to investigate the incident.

According to jail booking records, Eric Richard, 22, of Stillwater, is being held in jail on suspicion of assault.

It appears that after the victim was struck, he fell to the ground and hit his head, Stender said. At this point in the investigation police believe only two men were involved in the incident—and it does not appear that a weapon was used in the assault.

Police believe the Washington County Attorney’s Office will file assault charges against the 21-year-old Stillwater man before noon on Wednesday.

The names of the two men involved in the incident have not yet been released. Check back for more information as it is made available.

Randy Marsh October 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
As long as you bring it up Sean, I thought news outlets usually waited to name people who have not been charged unless it is a public official so I am wondering what the extenuating circumstances are in this case, other than perhaps the alleged killer being black.
Susan October 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Randy, yesterday we had the mug shot of a white man on our home page. I am going to beg you to leave this alone.
Randy Marsh October 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
OK, I don't think Patch is racist or anything like that, but I hope somebody will respond as to why some names are released before charging and others are not. Sorry to have stupidly implied otherwise above and I'm confident there is a reason for this apparent inconsistency, but would just like to know what it is.
Shawn Hogendorf October 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Jail booking reports are public information, Randy. Race has nothing to do with it.
Randy Marsh October 04, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I'm sure that is the case, Shawn, but do you always report the names of people who have been arrested or booked but have not been charged, even if it seems certain they are forthcoming?
Shawn Hogendorf October 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
You raise a valid point, Randy, and generally speaking I don't name suspects until they are charged. However, I made an exception in this situation (and have in the past, for example Mr. Eckberg) because the information was being reported by other media outlets. My first version of this story did not name either man, the next day another media outlet reported the name and photo of the man arrested--and police released the names of both men involved in this incident, so I reported that. In this case, I thought it would be doing Stillwater Patch users a disservice to leave that information, which is public, out of the story. I hope this clarifies my decision--please believe me when I say it is never an easy call to make.
Sean C. October 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Shawn, With regard to the security footage, what is the difference between this incident and the assault that took place with the off duty Minneapolis Police Officer who punched a man? That video was released to the public. I'm just curious, I dont see how releasing it could sway anyone in a direction other than where the truth would reside. Are you familiar with the case I referenced?
Randy Marsh October 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Thanks for the response. I do find it frustrating that it seems the tail is wagging the dog a little bit here. I would hope you have a set of guidelines that goes beyond, "well so and so said it, so here you go". I'm not saying either side is right or wrong, but it seems odd that media uses other media to make its decisions. I know I would never use my business competition as a guide for my code or conscience on a dicey matter.
Shawn Hogendorf October 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Sean, I am familiar with the incident you reference, but don't know the difference--based on speculation, it may have to do with the family's wishes, and differences in how police departments handle their business. Obviously very few details have been released about this situation in general, as it is an ongoing investigation.
Jason Meisner October 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Sean C. I believe you called the two men drunken idiots, which would be an assumption and name calling.
Sean C. October 04, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Jason, I did not start any name calling of anyone on this comment page. As for the two involved parties, they were at a bar, early in the morning and we are now aware of the results. I feel completely comfortable ASSUMING there was quite a bit of DRUNKEN IDIOCY going on. Piss poor attempt at being clever, Jason. However, now that this story has gotten even more sad and tragic, I'm more interested in finding out exactly what happened. And I am not being a hypocrit, I have been the drunken idiot before,many people have. Those of us who have been irresponsible are lucky that nothing like this ever happened to us.
Sean C. October 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Teresa, I just now realized that you must have mispoken. You do know the difference between charged and prosecuted, dont you?
mary e October 04, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Why are you so judgmental? For all you know, he did walk away and was in fact "sucker-punched". Making comments like "he should have walked away" when you have no idea what actually happened serves no purpose. Requesting the video be taken down is to ensure the jury pool is not influenced by seeing it before a trial, which could make it difficult to find impartial jurors. This would be true regardless of what is actually on the video, or who it implicates. Keeping it off the internet does not mean it wouldn't be used at trial, it just helps the legal system get there. And try to imagine how you would feel if you were in the hospital while your son is dying and the video of how he got there was all over the internet? That has nothing to do with guilt, but with compassion for people who are in pain. And BTW, the family is not contributing anything to these comments, they are not accusing anyone of anything, they are just trying to deal with an unbearable situation. And as you now know, the family was not asking for donations, so your criticism of them was based on not taking the time to find out all the facts. Caring Bridge was used in addition to Facebook because (believe it or not) not everyone is on Facebook. I agree we should not rush to judgement, but I think your comments were also a rush to judgement. In the future, maybe do what you are telling everyone else to do and don't make assumptions about what happened.
Sean C. October 04, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Mary, I'm exhausted from explaining my position on here to people who struggle with impersonal communications. 1: I am aware that taking the video off the internet does not mean it won't be used at at trial. However, if you are going to try and say with a straight face that having the public see an innocent man savagely assaulted will do anything but help your case in todays America, you are very follish and laughably simple minded. 2. The reason I made the comment about walking away is because.......wait for it...........THE POLICE SAID THE MEN "INTERACTED" ALL NIGHT!!!! It's in the article. So before you get preachy, read what I said. So yes, both parties could have "walked away", they chose not to, now two lives are ended. Jesus Christ! If you are too sensetive about this (which I can totally understand if you are close to it), stay out of a public discussion forum and stick to Caring Bridge.
Susan October 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Sean, at the risk of being on the receiving end of your frustration again, I am going to say one more thing here. Stillwater is not a large city. There are a lot of friends, family, and co-workers that will be coming here to look for information. Every time you defend your comments, you look worse and only agitate an already bad situation. Please stop, better yet, remove your ignorant and accusatory comments (I said the comments, not you), and move on. Thank you for your consideration.
mary e October 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I understand your position completely, so you don't have to exhaust yourself further by trying to explain again or trying to convince me why your assumptions are valid. I am not too sensitive to this. I am simply asking you to do what you claim to want everyone else to do - don't make assumptions and judgements without the facts, even if you think your assumption is the only possible scenario. There is always another one. Go back and read your first comment which is very judgmental without all the facts. 1. I only brought this up because of the motives you assigned to the family without knowing anything about them or about what the police advised. You could have expressed your opinion without criticising them. Seeing a video may put the public on your side, but it doesn't help your case since that is decided in court, where it will be seen anyway. I think I am anything but foolish and simpleminded but if you prefer to think that anyone who disagrees with you is stupid that is fine. 2. Interacting is not necessarily negative, it could just be conversation. You are assuming they had negative interaction, but you don't know that. Or if it was negative, Adam could have walked away and then been hit. YOU DON'T KNOW if it was unprovoked. I am not being preachy, just saying you should practice what you preach. You say you want to see the whole story come out before judgement is passed - that should apply to both men involved. The truth can be a surprise, even to you.
mary e October 04, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Perhaps it becomes OK to say it when you know that is what actually happened. Once again, you are making assumptions and judgements - two drunk idiots and fools? Just because someone is in a bar, or even drunk, does not make him an idiot or a fool (although I'm sure you disagree - no response necessary). Why are you so angry that people are expressing compassion? That does not necessarily mean they are making a judgement as to guilt or innocence. I think this family knows very well that dead is dead forever. Having this kind of hateful comment out there won't make it any more real to them. Just because someone expresses compassion, you are assuming they don't realize actions have consequences? I am glad you are raising a son who will understand that actions have consequences, but I resent you assuming this family did not. You don't know anything about them, or about what happened, but that doesn't stop you from criticising them. I hope you are never in a situation where people make public assumptions about your son's behaviour without knowing anything about him or the circumstances. Actions do have consequences, but not all consequences are foreseeable. Seriously, when does this crap end - making assumptions based on no real information so you can criticize everyone else? I think it is OK now to call a spade a spade and I say - you should base your comments on what you know, not on what you assume is true.
Eric Coffman October 04, 2012 at 11:14 PM
hallelujah mary
Shawn October 05, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Adam was a GREAT friend of mine and we were close. He was a great person and he was one of the most caring guys in the world. He had a great heart and looked out for everyone. For your info his family took him off life support and we lost a GREAT person today! He impacted a ton and I mean a ton of ppl throughout the twin cities. He was friends with everyone. I have known Adam for almost 17 yrs. I went to jr high and high school with him. For someone to pass judgement on a person by not even knowing him is just ignorance. I'm not trying to start a fight but you need to understand that his family and friends will likely see your comments and be pretty offended as was I. He fought for his life for 5 days. And lost the battle. God took a GREAT young, caring, kind and sweetest guy away from his family and friends. And as to him "interacting all night" with the attacker.... The article DOES NOT say what type of interaction they had. We do not know what actually happened that night because NON of us were there. Adam is not one to start a fight. Like I said I'm not trying to start no fight at all.. i just want you all to understand that his family, as among a lot of his friends ,will see the comments and out of respect you could be a little more respectful of your words.
Anna Dancer October 05, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Shutting Down Smalley's is not the answer. This could have happened at any establishment. Smalley's has issued a statement in regards to this issue and plan on better training for their bouncers and bartenders alike. I dont see how this act should reflect on Smalley, he's a great bar owner, and a responsible man.
Anna Dancer October 05, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Again, Stillwater is a small community. Anybody that knows Adam or his family knows that he was not, in fact, the aggressor. Even if I didn't know him, or his family... look at that guy! Would you pick a fight with him? Probably not.
Anna Dancer October 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM
How about a clear case of: One man, hit another man. The man that was hit, is now dead. End of story. No racial issue, no "who did what" beforehand. Those are the facts.
Bouncer Bartender October 06, 2012 at 03:27 AM
It is nearly impossible to not overserve people. I have worked in bars for years. 1st, you don't see the person the whole night from start to finish, secondly you are serving hundreds of people (on place I worked in had `1,600 people in it at a time) how can you know who's drinking what, and finally some people go to work drunk everyday for years and no one knows not even their family. So how the hell are you going to control the amount that people drink. Its impossible. If you want to stop people from being "overserved" you need to outlaw alcohol.
john swanson October 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
The mug shot! The real story is in the eyes, where does all that hate, contempt, and anger come from?
Matt H. October 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
You're a d bag and I'm glad you post so i can be happy that i'm not you.
Matt H. October 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
D bag
Matt H. October 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Adam had just gotten off work, so he wasn't drunk.
Matt H. October 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM
shut up
Matt H. October 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM
What branch of the military were you fighting in? Yeah right!!!! You're a couch quarterback who shouldn't be allowed to post here anymore. Go suck an egg please
The Truth December 14, 2012 at 09:12 AM
Lindsey Would know about being the VICTIM she acts like she is one all the time. She is an alcoholic with two DWIs and multiple probation violations and the mother of two children yet she has as soon as June of this year failed a UA for elicit drug use. Just look her up on MNCIS.

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