Police report that tour guide 23 year old Vitalino Reyes Jr. is on life support at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. He is reported to be in a coma as a result of injuries sustained in a fight at the Long Island Bar on Blue Marlin Boulevard on Thursday evening.
Companion 21 year old Yoney Vega claims that they were attacked by “one of their competitors …accompanied by his employees.” That is a not so subtle reference to Yohnny Rosado, owner of Cavetubing.com (Butts Up), who has been locked in a heated dispute with Vitalino’s father, Vitalino Reyes Sr., who owns the similarly named Cavetubing.bz.
According to Vega, they were at the bar around 4:15 p.m. when Rosado and his crew arrived. Vega and the younger Reyes decided to leave, but one of their rivals stopped them near the door and as Reyes tried to walk around him the other man threw a pint bottle to the back of his head, knocking him to the floor.
The same person then hit Vega with another pint bottle to his right temple, and then he and others reportedly began kicking them until they fell unconscious. Vega says that when he regained consciousness he saw Reyes next to him still unconscious. Vega’s injury was classified as harm, but Reyes suffered severe head trauma.
Of course, there are two sides to every story, and Rosado, flanked by his employees, supporters and attorney Audrey Matura Shepherd, told his today.
In short, Rosado says, he didn’t do it, nor instigated anyone to.
“What happened, happened in a flash; in the accident, when they come for you it comes quickly. My workers started to surround me and everybody knows me. My workers basically surrounded me. Everybody knows me, for some reason my workers like to surround me and they were surrounding me while ordering a round when [I heard] [sound effects with is mouth] and when we saw this, it happened like, if I’m saying five seconds I’m telling a lie, like two seconds [and he was lying] on the ground. Then some young men that were on the premises ran out and that’s about it. I told my guys keep away from that, we cyant even go go help because we would incriminate ourselves. We can’t do nothing so it wasn’t none of my workers. If it was any one of my workers police would have carried all of us because the security was right there. He was the one that I think, separated them or whatever. The last thing I saw, I looked up, the man di go, the security…he picked him up”.
Rosado has a keep-the-peace bond of one year assessed by the Magistrate’s Court for a previous case involving Vitalino Reyes Sr. He says he was out on an errand and intended to leave shortly, but stuck around until later in the evening even after it was clear that he would not be summoned by Police. Rosado says none of his employees nor himself wore any uniform as Vega alleged to one media house, and more importantly, they kept well away from the other side for this exact reason. Rosado’s attorney, Audrey Matura Shepherd, says police still have much to investigate.
‘There were two ladies that work in that bar who were in the arms of these guys from the minute my clients saw them, and they need to be investigated. They have information; they were frown with know these guys; they know whatever happened that night and they have to be able to give the police that information. Also, we cannot be naive. Police also need to account how they got two conscious men in their custody and then later on we hear on the news that one is unconscious and in the hospital. They need to be able to give that timeline because, from our inquiries, the police arrived at the scene a little around 6:15…let’s say by 6:30, they left there with those guys, and it was not until about 7:45 that they arrived at the hospital. Had they really believed these guys were in danger? Why did they… because they brought them to the Belama Police Station first, and from there, they took them to the hospital. They need to account also for that time. What they did to these two men who were highly intoxicated? We don’t know”.
Along with our colleagues from LOVE FM we visited the Long Island Bar this afternoon and spoke to its manager off-camera. The manager was not present for the alleged confrontation, but he did confirm that neither Vega nor Reyes was unconscious, as Vega claimed that when he arrived around 6:05 p.m., about the same time as Police.
They were taken away to Belama Precinct Four Police Station and were then taken to hospital, by which time Reyes was unconscious. Police have one person detained who works for Rosado but Rosado says he was nowhere near the scene.