A Lawrenceville man was arrested on multiple charges after assaulting a bar manager at in Dacula.
Gwinnett County police were called to the Auburn Road bar on the evening of May 20. When officers arrived, they found Christian Bray, of 1857 Dewberry Court in Lawrenceville, lying on the ground.
According to the female victim, who also manages Fatso’s bar, Bray had been drinking at the bar when he began to argue with another customer. The victim asked Bray to move to another area of the bar in an attempt to diffuse the situation. Bray moved, but then began to complain that the bartender had taken his beer. When the victim informed Bray he was being cut off, Bray allegedly became agitated and began swearing at her. The victim said she told Bray to leave and attempted to escort him to the door. As they neared the door, Bray reportedly began swinging at the victim and grabbed her around the neck.
When Bray began choking the victim, bar customers and employees rushed to the woman’s rescue. In the ensuing struggle, the victim and Bray were pushed outside and Bray was forced to the ground. At that point, an unidentified customer "stomped" on Bray’s head several times.
The victim said she told the man who stomped on Bray’s head to remain at the scene, but the man fled before police arrived. The victim was able to provide police with a tag number and description of the man’s vehicle.
Several witnesses corroborated the victim’s account of the incident. One customer added that Bray bit him on the finger during the effort to rescue the bar manager from Bray’s grasp.
When the investigating officer asked Bray what happened, Bray reportedly replied, “I have no idea sir.” When the officer asked Bray if he had been drinking, Bray admitted, “Yes sir, I have.”
Bray was evaluated by medical personnel before being placed under arrest. During a search of Bray’s person, the officer found a loaded .32 caliber pistol concealed in Bray’s pocket.
Bray was subsequently charged with two counts of battery, one count of public intoxication and one count of carrying a deadly weapon to a public gathering.
The following day, police were called to Bray’s house in Lawrenceville. Bray informed the responding officer he wished to file a report regarding an assault. Bray accused the Fatso’s bar manager of pushing, hitting and scratching him. Bray said while that was going on, someone “sucker punched” him, which caused him to lose consciousness.
Bray admitted he was “unclear” regarding what exactly had transpired, but said he was told that someone had kicked him in the head. Bray complained of neck and head pain from the incident.
The case is listed as active.