Cops say four men arrested in brawl at Joliet Applebee’s
By Brian Stanley email@example.com July 15, 2013 7:58PM
Updated: August 17, 2013 6:38AM
JOLIET — Four men were arrested early Saturday after a brawl broke out at Applebee’s.
Cmdr. Al Roechner said police were called at 12:15 a.m. to 2400 W. Jefferson St. after employees reported a fight inside.
“Two large groups were throwing beer bottles, plates and bar stools. Officers also found blood in several areas,” Roechner said.
Tensions reportedly started when a group including Clinton J. Hairston, 36, of Tulare, Calif., and Scott M. Oksas, 40, of Santa Clarita, Calif., were eating at a long table across from the bar.
Jesus Gamboa, 36, of 2710 Glenwood Ave., and Keith P. Allen, 36, of 904 Meadowsedge Lane, were sitting at the bar when both groups “exchanged racial remarks,” Roechner said.
Roechner said Allen and Gamboa went to the table to diffuse the tension but Hairston hit Allen over the head with a bottle.
“Gamboa then began punching Hairston and hit Oksas with a bottle,” Roechner said.
Hairston, Gamboa and Allen were questioned at the restaurant, while Oksas was found hiding in nearby bushes, Roechner said. All four men were arrested on charges of battery and disorderly conduct.