Saturday fight sends one to SVH
An early morning fight involving three women in the bathroom at Town Square bar on Saturday, sent one woman to Sonoma Valley Hospital with a concussion and other injuries. By Monday, Sonoma Police were still investigating the incident and reviewing a surveillance video that may shed further light on what actually happened at the bar.
Sgt. Dave Thompson, with the Sonoma Police Department, said names of all the involved parties are known, all have been interviewed, and that the alleged attackers’ accounts of the incident do not match the injured woman’s story. With no witnesses to the incident, protocol dictates that the police file a report with the District Attorney’s office, which can then conduct a further investigation if necessary before deciding what charges, if any, to file.
Surveillance video shows the bar, but not the bathroom, and was reviewed by law enforcement on Monday afternoon.
The injured woman, Kris Lucenti, said she dated a relative of her alleged attackers up until last Thursday, when she broke the relationship off. On Friday night, she was at Town Square bar and saw the women she claims attacked her come into the establishment.
“I didn’t think anything of it,” she said. “We didn’t even have words, there was no fight.”
Shortly after 1 a.m., Lucenti went to the bathroom and the surveillance video shows the two other women followed moments later. At that point, accounts of the incident differ.
Lucenti said as soon as she opened the bathroom door to leave the stall, one of the women hit her in the face, which knocked her backwards. She said both women then kicked her repeatedly in the face and head until she lost consciousness.
“From there, I have no idea,” what happened, Lucenti said.
One of the alleged attackers denied that account in a brief interview with the Index-Tribune. She claimed Lucenti was the aggressor and began verbally assaulting the two as soon as she saw them. When one of them spoke back, Lucenti lunged at her, the woman claimed.
The surveillance video reportedly showed all three women were in the bathroom for about 5 minutes and never roused the concern of other bar patrons.
“If you look at the tape you can see nobody looked up. Nobody heard anything, nobody saw anything,” said Town Square owner Steve Moore, on Monday morning.
The two alleged assailants exited the bathroom, reportedly appearing to be unscathed, and left the bar first.Lucenti stumbled out afterwards, bleeding and obviously in distress. She was taken to Sonoma Valley Hospital and diagnosed with a concussion, along with extensive bruising. She returned to the hospital on Sunday for further monitoring of a pre-existing brain aneurism.
Thompson said at press time that police are still “trying to piece it together,” and that it could take a week or longer before the DA’s office would likely make a decision, based on the evidence, on whether or not to file charges.