Wild Monk Not Faulted in Wild March 2 Bar Fights in St. Charles
There was a difference between what happened at The Wild Monk and what happened 30 minutes later at The Filling Station, where two Geneva men were arrested for brawling, St. Charles police say.
A St. Charles bar that was the site of the first of two March 2 bar fights in St. Charles is off the hook of any charges, St. Charles police said this week.
Some bar owners had questioned why The Wild Monk, 51 S. 1st St., was not cited after the incident at 12:57 a.m. on March 2, when Kevin C. Hayes, 28, of the 00-99 block of Brookfield Lane, Geneva, was told to leave after the bar said he had started fighting there.
Hayes was not charged in the incident at The Wild Monk, but he and his brother, Michael P. Hayes, also 28 and of the same address, were charged in a second incident less than 30 minutes later at The Filling Station, 300 W. Main St.
The Filling Station now faces potential scrutiny by the St. Charles Liquor Commission.
Some St. Charles bar owners asked why The Wild Monk had not been cited, either for over-serving Kevin Hayes or for harboring him by allowing him to remain when he was, according to police, highly intoxicated. Some also questioned why Hayes was not cited in that incident.
But St. Charles police spokesman Paul McCurtain said in an email on Monday that Kevin Hayes was instructed to leave The Wild Monk before he had tried to enter the bar.
“There was no indication that he was inside of the business, or that the Wild Monk was harboring the intoxicated subject," McCurtain said. "They called police for help.”
McCurtain said officers do have some discretion when they take a call for service, meaning that someone involved in an incident but who cooperates with police may not be cited.
During the March 2 incident at The Filling Station, the brothers were kicked out by bouncers and subsequently arrested by police.
Kevin C. Hayes is charged with disorderly conduct, and with resisting/obstructing arrest. He also was cited with disorderly conduct-public drunkenness and fighting.
Michael P. Hayes is charged with battery, and with resisting/obstructing arrest. He also was cited with disorderly conduct-public drunkenness and fighting.
The Filling Station is under scrutiny for allowing Kevin Hayes to enter, even though police described him as highly intoxicated, as well as an incident two hours earlier, when a police officer watched another individual who was obviously intoxicated enter the tavern.
McCurtain said the incidents involving the Hayes brothers, along with others, will be discussed at the St. Charles City Council Government Services Committee meeting, which meets Monday, March 18.