Three more charged in Luzerne bar assault
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 12:16 a.m.
Police are seeking three more suspects accused of instigating an assault on two men who ended up firing guns into a Luzerne Township bar.
State police have obtained felony warrants for three Brownsville men: Allen Brandon Dade, 31; Gregory Hackett, 31; and Regis Leonard Grooms, 29.
Police are charging the three with a felony riot charge, as well as aggravated assault, simple assault and a conspiracy charge. The whereabouts of all three were unknown as of Tuesday evening. A state trooper at the Belle Vernon barracks could not provide any other information.
A riot charge can be filed when a person participates with two or more others in an act with intent to commit a felony or misdemeanor.
Two others – Paris Brown, 35, of Hiller, and Damion Ethridge, 33, of Brownsville – are already in prison for allegedly firing guns into the bar and wounding two people.
The incident broke out around 2 a.m. Saturday at Jilly's Restaurant and Tavern, 1201 First St. in Luzerne. After Brown and Ethridge were ejected for fighting, police said they discharged semi-automatic handguns through the front door.
Police said Brown was involved in a fight inside where he was assaulted.
Ethridge, who was waiting outside, allegedly fired shots through the front door of the bar after Brown was thrown out, and Brown allegedly entered the bar and fired shots from his gun.
After escaping in a van before trying to flee on foot, Brown and Ethridge were arrested on Frick Street after a short foot pursuit, police said. Two guns with live rounds were recovered nearby.
Two of the bar's patrons, Cassandra Ross, 30, of Brownsville and Garrett Grooms, 26, of Cardale were struck by bullets and transported to Uniontown Hospital, according to the release. Ross was later transported to a Pittsburgh hospital.
Brown and Ethridge were charged with four counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. They were both sent to Fayette County jail on $50,000 bond.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three suspects at-large are asked to call state police at 724-929-6262.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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