CREATED Mar 7, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar 8, 2013
Reporter: Kevin Keen
PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A camera caught the brutal bar brawl. Now, thanks to key elements of the case, most of the culprits are in cuffs. With nine of the suspected attackers arrested and the last one identified, the owner of the bar is also stepping up security.
Deputy Tom Peine with the Pima County Sheriff's Department tells KGUN9 that the 10th attacker. 33-year-old Frederick A. Nelson, was identified Friday after news coverage of the story.
Nelson is known by the nickname "Lurch" and is from the Phoenix area. Detectives are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Nelson.
Peine also said the quick resolution of this case was possible due to a large number of tips made by the public.
Surveillance video shows what happened at the Outlaw Saloon on Roger Road near Flowing Wells Road. One mid-February night just before bar close, a visibly angry mob of about ten people started beating a woman and two men.
The graphic video shows a woman hitting another woman on the head over and over. A man joined the attack, punching another man. Seconds later, a woman kicked a victim, who's on the ground.
A friend of the three victims said they're now OK.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and KGUN9 News broadcast the video. A week later, deputies have made nine arrests of men and woman as young as 24 and as old as 42. Each is charged with three counts of aggravated assault:
- Cody Berkbigler, 24
- Samuel Ramsey, 29
- Robert Russell, 42
- Marty Russell, 41
- Alan Nierenberg, 38
- Amanda Pandola, 30
- Reid Pandola, 30
- Brittany Trostle, 27
- Michael Russ, 31
Deputies arrested Trostle Thursday morning. The sheriff's department said some suspects turned themselves in after the initial broadcast of the video but most were identified and contacted by investigators first.
KGUN9 reporter Kevin Keen asked Outlaw Saloon owner Gary Kilbourne, “When you see those faces, what goes through your mind?”
“Some very bad people at the end,” he said. “But when they were here earlier in the evening, they were having a good time. I don't know what happened.”
Kilbourne is still trying to make sense of what happened at his west side bar. This kind of thing, he said, just doesn't happen there.
He knew the culprits would be caught.
“I knew it was just a matter of time,” he said.
Key to this case: the surveillance video from a camera on the patio where the brawl happened.
“What role did that clear video play in catching these culprits?” Keen asked Deputy Tom Peine.
“I think it's fair to say that it was paramount,” the department spokesman responded.
Why? Because 88-CRIME reported its received dozens of tips in the case. The sheriff's department said that's translated to quick arrests.
“If we have people who are out in the community who seem to have such a low threshold when it comes to committing violent acts -- especially to do so out of the perceived protection of a mob --those are people that need to face justice quickly and it as quick as possible,” Peine added.
Because of the brawl, Kilbourne will install 16 more security cameras in and outside of his building, bringing the camera total to two dozen. He said he’s also added more security on the weekends.
“I'm a good person, trying to do a good business here,” Kilbourne said.
Keen then asked him, “The name ‘Outlaw Saloon’ is for fun?
“Yes, it is,” he laughed.
Deputies still need more information on the tenth attacker -- a man. Call 88-CRIME or 911 with any information.