Fayette man sues strip club over attack
A Fayette County man sued a Westmoreland County strip club on Thursday, alleging the club should have done more to protect him from being attacked by a patron.
Daniel Walsh of Perry Township is seeking unspecified punitive damages against the Hi-Way Playground in South Huntingdon and his alleged attacker, Devon Evans, whose address was not listed in the suit.
According to the suit filed in Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, Walsh visited the Hi-Way Playground in late July 2011. Walsh said in the suit that he was directed to use an outdoor restroom facility because the club's restrooms were not working.
“While outside, Mr. Walsh encountered ... Evans, who was assaulting his (Evans') girlfriend at the time of the incident,” the lawsuit states.
Walsh said he tried to stop the assault and Evans allegedly “attacked him and cut his face with a sharp object, causing approximately 70 stitches,” according to the suit. Walsh claims he suffered a facial laceration, pain, numbness and a scar.
A search of court records does not show that Devon Evans has been criminally charged.
A manager at the Hi-Way Playground declined to comment because she had not seen the suit or consulted with an attorney.
Hi-Way Playground did not have surveillance or security and if the restrooms had been functional, Walsh wouldn't have encountered Evans, the suit states.
“(Hi-Way Playground) should have reasonably anticipated careless or criminal conduct on the part of third persons,” the suit states.
Walsh said he has faced medical bills and continuous pain as a result of the assault.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing
- Police: Woman tried to start fire at neighbor’s house in Derry Township
- Woman admits to theft of 2 weapons in Latrobe shooting case
- Woman to stand trial in Jeannette tot’s death
- Bank seeks to foreclose on Eastern Derry Twp. VFD
- Psychologist’s compassion buoyed students, friends
- Westmoreland County sheriff won’t alter staffing as cash runs out
- New Stanton council hikes garbage fees to $13.65 per month
- 20 charged in Western Pennsylvania drug crackdown
- 3 gunmen sought in Hempfield home invasion
- Retirements deplete Westmoreland County workforce