I have a copy of the police report that states one of The Commissary’s employees received minor injuries from a punch thrown by Nick Badonvinus’ companion and chef Jeff Bekavac (Neighborhood Services Tavern). Here is the summary of the police report: (RP=reporting party. Comp=complainant. R0=responding officer. Susp1=Badovinus. Susp2=Bekavac.)
ON 5/25/11 AT 2255 HRS, RO’S RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM POLICE DISPATCH REGARDING A MAJOR DISTURBANCE AT THE 1700 BLOCK OF ROUTH AVE INVOLVING THE COMP AND SUSPS.UPON ARRIVAL RO’S SPOKE WITH THE COMP WHO STATED THAT THE RP AND SUSP1 WERE IN A VERBAL ARGUEMENT OVER THE SUSP’S FOOD. THE RP STATED THAT HE WAS TRYING TO GET SUSP1 AND SUSP2 TO LEAVE THE LOCATION, WHEN SUSP1 GOT UP IN THE RP’S FACE AND STATED “ILL KICK YOUR ASS RIGHT HERE.” SUSP1 AND SUSP2 THEN EXITED THE LOCATION AND CONTINUED TO CAUSE A DISTURBANCE OUTSIDE OF THE LOCATION BY THE ENTRY DOORS. THE RP AND THE COMP BOTH FOLLOWED OUTSIDE TO ENSURE THAT SUSP1 AND SUSP2 LEFT. AT THIS TIME THE RP WENT BACK IN THE LOCATION AND THE COMP STATED THAT SUSP2 ATTEMPTED TO CHARGE BACK INTO THE LOCATION. THE COMP PUSHED HIS ARM OUTWARD TO KEEP SUSP2 OUTSIDE AT WHICH POINT SUSP2 PUNCHED THE COMP IN THE FACE WITH A CLOSED FIST, CAUSING MINOR SWELLING AND PAIN TO THE COMP’S RIGHT SIDE OF HIS FACE. SUSP1 AND SUSP2 FLED IN AN UNK VEH IN UNK DIRECTION. END OF ELEMENTS.
Yesterday, I spoke with the person, a customer, who escorted Badovinus out the Commissary. He said, “Nick was pissed and I was just trying to diffuse the situation. Tesar was five feet behind us and he did call him a pussy. Nick wanted to get at him but we just walked him out of the restaurant. I did not see anyone get hit.”
Late yesterday, I spoke with the employee who was allegedly struck by Bekavac. “He punched me in the face two times,” he said. “I don’t know either of their names, it wasn’t the owner of the restaurant it was the other guy.”
This morning, the complainant, who asked me not to use his name, sent the following email:
I am writing this Email as a followup to my phone call earlier in an effort to clear up any misunderstandings as to the goings on at the Commissary on Wednesday. I understand your sentiments as to let this incident run it’s course, but as you have already written of it I feel that you owe the restaurant a duty to see your reporting out to it’s extent and ensure that the truth is given. There were blows thrown that evening by Mr. Badovinus’ associate, and I can assure this is fact on the grounds that I was the recipient. While I have no photographic evidence as I was informed by the officers that the charges would almost certainly not come to fruition, here is my case number so that you may see that I did take the proper retributory actions: [redacted] I implore of you to follow upon your earlier writings so that the only form of justice available to those deserving of it be done and my employer be cleared of any allegations in false light that could potentially negatively affect both the establishment and myself.
End of elements.