Bar manager faces battery charge after ejecting patron - FOX 13 News

Bar manager faces battery charge after ejecting patron

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Jeremy Fisher and his friends went out for a Rays game and then a few drinks at "Suite 6" on Central Avenue. But by the end of the night, police found the 39-year-old outside, unconscious and bleeding on the ground.

"They tossed him right out on the street," said Stephen Fisher, the victim's father. "He and his friends are not antagonistic. They wouldn't pick a fight. How it happened, I don't know. Why it happened, I don't know. All I know is that my son is in the hospital."

Police said Fisher and his friends were kicked out of Suite 6 after a woman who was bartending that night said he was harassing her.

When detectives say he refused to leave, the bar's manager got physical.

They say 24-year old Blake Ambrester dragged him out in a choke hold. Then they say Ambrester dropped him – face first and unconscious – onto the sidewalk.

When Ambrester noticed he was hurt, police said he flagged down an officer. Police said Fisher's blood alcohol limit was three times the legal limit.

Fisher is now in a coma with head injuries and a broken neck. He'll need surgery.

"They are trying to paint a picture that my son was somehow the aggressor and that he deserved it. I don't care what he said, if he said anything at all. There's no excuse for the kind of excessive force that they put my son into," Fisher's father said. "All I want is justice. All I want is for him to be himself again."

Ambrester was arrested for aggravated assault. He is now out of jail on $10,000 bond.

"Detectives found out the severity of the injuries were and the totality of the circumstances surrounding his injuries. We decided to go ahead and charge him with aggravated battery," said Jennifer Dawkins with St. Pete police.

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