Goose Creek police release video from alleged attack at Two Keys tavern

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:10 a.m., Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 1:08 a.m.
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Video surveillance from inside the Two Keys Tavern shows one man crack a pool cue against another man’s skull.

The stricken man collapses to the floor and another man rushes to his aid.

Goose Creek police released the video that they reviewed before arresting three bar employees in connection with the April 21 incident, in which employees allegedly beat one customer with a broken pool cue, held patrons against their will and took their money.

Police arrested 41-year-old Summerville resident Gary Eugene Long, 30-year-old North Charleston resident Golden Luis Deleon and 35-year-old Summerville resident Timothy Dale Lawhorn on six counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon.

Long and Lawhorn also face two counts each of first-degree assault and battery, according to police. Two Keys Tavern owner Mark Keller released a statement Friday announcing that all three men had been fired.

Keller invited friends and neighbors to come in so he could personally demonstrate his commitment to preventing “this type of behavior.” He released another statement Monday, promising to work with authorities as the invesigation continues.

“After watching the video, Two Keys Tavern is deeply concerned that such a mindless act could have ever happened in our establishment,” Keller said. “We want all of our patrons to know that this was in no way sanctioned by the ownership.”

One of the former employees, Long, tried to collect money bet on billiards games about 6 a.m. April 21 and ordered bouncers not to let anyone leave, according to warrants. Police reports say the men locked about 20 people inside the bar, as they demanded that someone come up with the money.

One of the bouncers grabbed a pool cue and broke it over a pool table, then took the thicker end of the stick and hit 24-year-old Robert Drawdy in the back of his head, police reports say. The hit knocked Drawdy temporarily unconscious and left him with a 5-inch gash in his head, according to the report.

One patron told police he left $100 on a table, even though he never bet on the games. The man said the manager eventually unlocked the front door and told the patrons to get out and “not to (mess) with Two Keys.”

Reach Allyson Bird at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/allysonjbird.

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