Assault victims claim no fault in Cahokia bar altercation

Kelly Holleran Jan. 5, 2010, 6:15am

Two people have filed suit against a Cahokia bar, saying the bar should never have allowed certain patrons to enter as they knew the patrons to be dangerous.

Terry and Casey Asher claim they were at Club One Five Seven on Oct. 25 when Bart Grissom and Jeff Prater confronted, physically assaulted and battered them, causing them severe injuries.

The Ashers say they were at no fault for the altercation and blame it on the bar, which provided the alcoholic beverages to Grissom and Prater that they consumed before the confrontation, according to the complaint.

Because of the incident, the Ashers lost income, incurred medical costs, suffered a loss of a normal life and suffered pain, the suit states.

Club One Five Seven negligently allowed Grissom and Prater into the bar when it knew they were dangerous, failed to warn other patrons that they had allowed Grissom and Prater into the bar and failed to provide adequate security on the premises, the complaint says.

In the four-count suit, the Ashers are seeking a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs.

Jon E. Rosenstengel of the Law Offices of Bonifield and Rosenstengel in Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-685.

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