A 41-year-old woman told police she was “pummeled” on June 12 in front of Acme Bar and Grill on Main Street in Annapolis.
The woman was bleeding heavily from her face when she went up to an Annapolis police officer on foot patrol around 1 a.m. and told him that she was assaulted by eight or nine people she doesn’t know, according to a police report recently obtained by The Capital.
She told the officer that she and her friends left Acme Bar and Grill when the bar was closing. Outside the bar, one of the men “stood in front of her and grabbed both of her hips with both hands” to which she insulted the man and said “Don’t touch me,” and he let go, according to the police report.
After a few other interactions, the woman told the officer she was hit from behind and said “they all came in on me.” The woman said she was knocked to the ground two or three times and got back up each time.
According to the police report, the officer spoke to a security employee at Acme who said there’s no security footage of the assault, however, a friend of his “took video with his phone.”
A video of the attack circulated on social media.
Chris Buck, an attorney who represents Acme, said he’s seen the video of the attack multiple times and called it disturbing.
“However, what happened here is that the management had made a decision prior to this event to close the bar at 12 o’clock, although we have a 2 a.m. license,” Buck said, citing that either “bad blood” or “stuff going on in town” have made people “a little bit more difficult to handle.”
But Buck said the employees didn’t know a fight was about to happen. Buck said that when the door gets locked, nobody else is allowed to get in.
“This person apparently attempted to come into the bar after midnight, not running away from anybody, not saying she was in peril, not saying that she needed help,” he said. “What happened is somebody banging on the door saying ‘let me in’ and ‘I want to come to the bar’ and the person who was working there was counting money, they’re putting stuff away, they’re cleaning up, they’re like ‘hey we’re closed.’”
Buck said employees were not involved and weren’t aware of the event until after the video went viral online.
Annapolis police spokeswoman Patti Norris said the assault is under investigation and a detective has been in contact with the woman, who was not identified in the report.