The owners of the Sturtevant Sportsplex could be in danger of losing the permit that allows them to operate the 3 Monkeys nightclub after a 4th of July brawl at a concert there.
Village Administrator Clerk Mary Cole confirmed Tuesday at a regularly scheduled continual committee meeting that Sturtevant officials are meeting with village attorneys Thursday to discuss their options.
“We’re going to talk about possibly revoking either their liquor license or their conditional use permit just for that area,” she said.
The process for revoking the permit is much like a trial, she said, where the owners of the Sportsplex can put on a defense. Whether or not village officials go down that road remains to be seen.
According to online reports from TMZ.com, the trouble started July 4 after rapper Rich Homie Quan slapped a fan who tried to gain access to the stage where Quan was performing by pulling on Quan’s arm.
What happened next is up for some debate, but Sturevant Police Chief Sean Marschke said officers were never called by anyone inside the venue when the fighting began. Instead, a woman waiting outside to get in was struck by a man, and she was the one who dialed 911.
“Our officers were responding to that woman’s call when Sportsplex personnel started kicking people out, which created even more of a problem,” he said.
Videos posted online by concert goers clearly show there were fights inside the venue, and crowd control fences were knocked over by people running away from the building.
“We’ve seen people getting kicked in the head, but no one from inside the bar called 911,” he said. “We’re concerned someone’s going to get killed.”
The chief said he remains concerned about the safety of anyone who attends an event at 3 Monkeys.
“We have serious concerns about (Bahena’s) lack of ability to keep people safe inside there,” Marschke added.
Racine County Eye was unable to reach Sportsplex owner Fernando Bahena Tuesday night. We will update this story after we speak with him.
This isn’t the first time Sportsplex owners have come under fire for unruly incidents at 3 Monkeys. A Sturtevant officer was punched in the face early in 2013, and village officials then laid out a plan to help Bahena and his staff better manage larger events at the nightclub.