Longview police arrested two men suspected of attacking people near the Blue Sky Bar and Grill Sunday morning.
Makmai Cesar, 29, was arrested on suspicion of first- and fourth-degree assault and ordered held on $60,000 bail during a hearing Tuesday at the Cowlitz County Jail Tuesday.
Lukas Fredrick, 27, was arrested on suspicion of third- and fourth-degree assault and is held on $5,000 bail. The prosecutor’s office had not yet filed formal charges against either man by mid-afternoon Tuesday.
Both suspects live in Longview.
Officers were dispatched at about 2 a.m. to the Blue Sky Bar and Grill on Oregon Way. Calls to 911 indicated a man with a baseball bat had punched a woman in the face, that someone was threatening to shoot a gun, and that there were about 20 people engaged in a physical fight, according to court documents.
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Officers arrived to about 30 people yelling and screaming in the restaurant’s parking lot. One woman told an officer that Cesar punched her in the face, and another said Cesar pushed her and then punched her in the back of the head. That victim said she was also strangled to the point of losing consciousness. She could not say who strangled her, but another witness said it was Cesar.
Another victim, who had blood all over his shirt and a large gash in his left arm, told an officer that Cesar hit him with a bat four times.
The court documents say officers saw Lukas exit a Dodge Charger appearing to be “very intoxicated,” pointing at a large group of people and saying they had assaulted him. He began pacing back and forth and tried to walk toward the group he had pointed at. When a Longview officer put a hand out to hold Lukas back, Lukas smacked the hand away, according to police, so officers placed him under arrest for third-degree assault.
Officers later determined Lukas had punched another patron in the bar, according to the police statement.
After his arrest, Cesar told officers that he “punched two guys, pushed a female, and then punched a female,” according to the probable cause statement. Lukas apologized for smacking the officer’s hand and said he was just trying to “protect his own.”