A bouncer at Empire, 1 Marina Park Dr., required more than 100 stitches and may have permanently lost vision in one eye after he was attacked by a customer upset at being asked to leave the establishment in January, a BPD detective told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.
Sgt. Det. Kenneth O'Brien told the board that Khalid Kalila, 28, of Revere, was being escorted out around 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 21 because after he had bumped into somebody, he began screaming racial epithets at that person. O'Brien added that Kalila's brother, Othmane, 34 and also of Revere, was also escorted out, and also began flailing at Empire workers.
Unfortunately for one of Empire's security staff, the younger Kalila still had a glass in his hand and as they reached the front door, the man began smashing it into the worker's face. He managed to hit the man three to four times in the right side of the face with the glass before other workers could pull him off, O'Brien said. O'Brien said the man required more than 100 stitches and may never regain sight in his right eye.
The attacker currently faces criminal charges of assault and battery causing serious injury and mayhem, O'Brien said.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Khalid Kalila was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and his brother on a charge of assault and battery. Khalid Kalila later had charges of mayhem and threats, added, the DA's office reports, adding his bail was set at $5,000 - his brother was allowed out on personal recognizance. Both are scheduled for appearances in South Boston Municipal Court next week.
The board decides Thursday whether Empire could have foreseen the attack and if so, whether it deserves any sort of sanction.
Board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini said the incident shows the importance of bars and restaurants moving quickly to remove any glassware from agitated patrons as they are being escorted out. An Empire manager said the worker who was attacked was, in fact, trying to do just that.