A birthday celebration in a function room at a Park Plaza pub ended in a brawl when an unwanted drunk guy who kept returning grabbed a female guest he had somehow convinced to dance with him, police detectives told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.
Det. Daniel MacDonald testified the guy came into MJ O'Connor's Irish Bar after a Bruins game as Nov. 19 turned into Nov. 20 with some pals, but apparently found a birthday party in a rear function room more to his liking because he kept going in there even though people there kept telling him to leave.
He managed to get part of a dance in before he grabbed his female partner, "causing her to scream," he said. An invited male guest more forcefully asked the guy to leave, so the guy grabbed a bottle and smashed the guest in the head, he said.
Bar bouncers - accompanied by McDonald and his partner, Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey, there to conduct a routine inspection - rushed in to find the room in full affray mode. While drunk, the uninvited man proved to be quite the combatant, he said before he was finally brought under control, he managed to knock two women to the ground.
McDonald said party guests told the detectives they just wanted the guy out, not arrested, so the detectives issued him a summons for a hearing at Boston Municipal Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault and battery. None of the victims showed up at his hearing, so he will have the charges dismissed after six months, MacDonald said.
The licensing board decides Thursday if the pub could have done anything to prevent the melee and if so, if any punishment is warranted. A pub manager said he wishes somebody from the birthday party had contacted him or other employees - they would have immediately kicked the guy out of the place.
Mulvey said O'Connor's is not usually the kind of place where something like this happens.