100 charges, 10 defendants: Bar brawl suspects' charges upped
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CREATED Jun. 5, 2013
PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies say the group kicked, punched and shoved their victims. Now, a grand jury is pushing back. The group of men and woman accused of beating three people in an attack at a west side bar now face a combined 100 charges, ranging from assault to kidnapping to rioting.
A surveillance camera at the Outlaw Saloon on Roger near Flowing Wells caught the entire attack in February. That video helped deputies identify and arrest ten people: Michael T. Russ, Cody B. Berkbigler, Samuel B. Ramsey, Marty L. Russell, Robert J. Russell, Alan K. Nierenberg, Amanda J. Pandola, Reid M. Pandola, Brittany R. Walker-Trostle and Frederick A. Nelson.
Officials initially booked each person for three counts of aggravated assault, but a grand jury recently upped the charges. Each now faces a total of ten counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping and rioting.
Why kidnapping and rioting? Louis Fidel, an attorney at Piccarreta Davis in Tucson, explained “rioting” constitutes being part of a violent group. “Kidnapping” is basically restraining another person while intending to commit a crime. Fidel is not involved in these cases.
A representative from the Pima County Attorney’s Office told a judge at a re-arraignment hearing Wednesday he was working on plea agreements for some or all of the defendants.