Between violent street fights and dance floor stabbings, it’s been a rough year for Crown Street nightclubs.
And on Friday, Rommerro Farrah, owner of Alchemy Nightclub and Club Elevate, both on Crown Street, appeared in court to face charges of first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment for attacking a bar patron, Steven Lunn, a year ago.
Farrah hoped to apply for accelerated rehabilitation, a program that gives first-time offenders a chance to have charges against them dismissed and their criminal records expunged if a court determines that the offense was not serious and is unlikely to be repeated, but Lunn objected, so Farrah withdrew his motion.
According the arrest warrant, Lunn and a friend were kicked out of Club Elevate at 2:45 a.m. Feb. 1, 2009. Once outside, six to seven Club Elevate staff members allegedly knocked Lunn to the ground while Farrah allegedly kicked him in the face, according to the report; police observed several lacerations on Lunn’s face as well as swelling and bruising.
Police obtained a surveillance video of the alleged assault from Mike Andrews, the owner of Club Oracle, which is across the street from Alchemy. The video showed a white male, Lunn, being attacked by a small group of men and depicts Lunn running to the other side of the street where the group followed him and assaulted him again.
Lunn declined to comment on the incident. Lunn’s attorney Marissa Begilli and Farrah’s attorney John Carta did not return multiple requests for comment.
A new court date of Mar. 18 has been set.
The recent violence on Crown Street prompted Ward 3 Alderwoman Jackie James-Evans to propose a law earlier this year that would ban underage patrons from New Haven’s clubs. Early Sunday morning, a riot nearly erupted outside Alchemy and nearby club Static. By the time police brought the situation under control, eight officers needed to be taken to the hospital and nine people were arrested.