Beatings worry pool hall owners

Sean Madden was just getting to Classic Billiards, where he is a night bartender, on March 27, when three men in the parking lot jumped him.

One of his friends who had been playing pool inside of Classic, located at 2817 Wheaton Way, saw what was happening and came out to break up the fight. Madden got a black eye, a concussion and a trip to the hospital.

A few weeks later Madden was taking out the garbage when two different men jumped him. This time one of the men pulled Madden’s jacket over his head so he couldn’t see anything. Madden said the suspect’s friend stopped the fight when he realized Madden wasn’t the man they were looking for. Madden said he received another concussion from this incident.

He didn’t fight back on either occasion.

“I’m not going to fight back unless I absolutely have to,” Madden said. “I’m here to resolve things.”

On both occasions the Bremerton Police Department was contacted. Madden said the responding officer was given the name of the alleged attacker, the license plate number of the vehicle he was in and a number of witnesses willing to make a statement. A license plate number and witnesses were also provided for the second incident.

However, Madden heard nothing about either attack until he received a victim statement about the first incident by mail around May 25.

Madden’s step-father and one of the owners of Classic, Gordon Boyer, said he worries it sends out the message it’s all right to cause trouble at the pool hall because there will be no follow-up from the BPD.

Co-owner of the business, Pam Madden-Boyer, said the establishment already makes some people uncomfortable because alcohol is served on the premises and minors are allowed in.

“I want the community to know we do our best to keep (Classic) safe for the kids,” said Madden-Boyer, Sean’s mother. “We monitor this place real heavily.”

Madden-Boyer also said that until a conviction is made, Madden can’t receive restitution for his medical bills and time away from work. She said since Classic is a small, family owned business they aren’t able to offer insurance benefits to their employees.

Deputy Prosecutor Stan Glisson said it’s normal for a charge and conviction to happen a few months after the incident.

“It’s pretty common,” said Glisson. “We’d love to do them sooner.”

Glisson received the first case on March 28. He said it’s still pending, although a charge has been made against the suspect. The pretrial hearing is set for July 18.

Bremerton Police Chief Rob Forbes said the second incident was not handled as efficiently as it could’ve been so it’s now being taken over by a detective. Normally misdemeanor cases are not.

“We could’ve stayed with this better,” Forbes said. “We’re doing that now.”

He said the detective is planning on contacting Madden and his mother about the case and had contacted Madden’s brother Paul who is also a bartender at Classic.

Forbes said contacting victims and letting them know how the investigation is going is an area of service the BPD is trying to improve.

As of Thursday no charges in the second incident had been filed.

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