At 1:33 p.m. on June 14, police say, a man with a cane walked into the Green Dragon on Marshall Street. He proceded straight to the men's room in the rear of the bar - and then never came out, until after a bar employee, notified by a customer of a leg sticking out from a stall, called 911 and arriving EMTs determined he was dead.
The police account was based on several hours of video surveillance provided by the Green Dragon. At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, a detective said the bar fully cooperated with an investigation and that he doubts there was anything bar workers could have done that would have prevented the man from doing what he did.
According to police, the videos shows a man who appears in full possession of his faculties walking into the bar, then into the men's room without ever interacting with any bar staff or patrons.
The man's body was sitting atop a toilet in a closed stall. Along with his body, police found evidence of an overdose: Two syringes and a bottle cap containing what appeared to be heroin residue.
Police say the video shows numerous patrons going into the men's room between the time the man entered it and the time police were called at 8:03 p.m. Police speculate that as the man's muscles relaxed from the effects of the heroin and then his death, his left leg slowly slipped under the stall door, which is what led one patron to notify the bar manager, who called 911.
Green Dragon manager Michael Carlisle and assistant manager Timothy Moody - who discovered the man's body - both said they had never seen the man before. Police detectives agreed with attorney Karen Simao that the man did nothing out of the ordinary before entering the men's room. Carlisle said the Green Dragon is a historic bar, a family bar, and that he would never condone drug use in the establishment. An A-1 detective said he had never seen or heard of problems in the bar.
Carlisle told the board that as a result of the incident, one employee per shift is now dedicated to hourly restroom checks. Moody said that includes checking stalls - and that a check is not finished until the employee sees whoever was in a stall at the time exiting the restroom. He added that doesn't mean a worker will stand in the restroom until toilets are flushed and somebody comes out, but that he should stay close to the restroom until somebody who was in a stall comes out of the restroom.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take.