Man badly injured in attack on Main Street
Victim ‘sucker-punched’ just outside No Name Saloon
A man was badly injured in an assault outside a Main Street establishment in late November in an unprovoked attack, the owner said, a confrontation that has drawn attention for its apparent randomness on the popular shopping, dining and entertainment strip.
The Park City Police Department received a report at 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 26. The police indicated in an online posting the initial report indicated a man might have fallen. There were witnesses who said he fell and others who said two men assaulted him and then left, the police said.
The incident occurred just outside of the No Name Saloon & Grill, a popular bar and restaurant on the 400 block of Main Street. Jesse Shetler, the principal owner, said the man was assaulted on the sidewalk just north of the No Name Saloon & Grill’s front door. Shetler was not present and was briefed later by staffers.
Shetler said the victim was at a nightclub and then wanted to enter the No Name Saloon & Grill. He was denied entry since it was closing time, Shetler said. The assailant and another man were inside for a short period of time, he said. When closing time was announced, the two left without incident. Shetler it was an “unprovoked incident.”
“There was no interaction between the two,” Shetler said, describing that the victim was “blind-sided, sucker-punched, and he fell to the ground.”
A No Name Saloon & Grill doorman and manager ran outside just after the assault. They saw the suspect run down Main Street and turn toward Park Avenue at the 500 block. The No Name Saloon & Grill staffers attended to the victim and called 911 as the man fled.
Shetler said another patron later told him he saw a person videotape the confrontation. He said he speculates the person recording the incident and the assailant were together to make a “knock-out” video.
“It’s a sick source of entertainment for these punks,” he said.
The assailant and the person recording the incident appeared to be in their mid-20s or late 20s.
The No Name Saloon & Grill said in an online posting the assailant is white and was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and a gray ball cap. The person recording wore a navy blue jacket and had light-colored hair, the No Name Saloon & Grill said.
“I can assure you that I along with my staff are doing everything possible and working with the police to identify and find this coward. Neither he or his friend ordered any food or drinks while they were in No Name Saloon so there was little interaction between them and staff thus making it difficult to know anything about either one,” the posting, attributed to Shetler, said.
The No Name Saloon & Grill said the victim required reconstructive facial surgery and has since been released from the hospital.
“Like all of you, we want these sucker punching scumbags off the street,” the No Name Saloon & Grill also said in the online posting.
The No Name Saloon & Grill has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailant.
Police Department detectives are investigating the case. The police said the investigators developed new leads in recent days.
Anybody with information may contact the Police Department at 615-5500.
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