AUSTIN - Police have filed a felony aggravated assault charge against a bouncer at an East Sixth Street bar after he allegedly injured a patron seriously enough they needed to be placed in a medically induced coma.
The arrest affidavit for Jerius Jamal McFarland, 23, states police were called to the Chuggin’ Monkey at 219 East Sixth around 10:45 p.m. March 29 “in reference to a male passed out and bleeding from the ears.” The victim was taken to University Medical Center-Brackenridge and was diagnosed with a bleed in his brain that required him to be in a coma for approximately one week.
According to police, a manager provided officers with security footage leading up to the victim’s injury. The video shows the victim being assisted out of the bar by McFarland and attempting to reenter once outside. The affidavit states McFarland blocked the victim from entering the club twice and the two talking for a couple of minutes. Police said surveillance video shows McFarland pushing the victim with both hands with enough force the victim was “launched backwards several feet by the push” and hit his head on the sidewalk. Police also noted in the affidavit that the victim’s injury has left him “with a diminished capacity to care for himself.”
The aggravated assault – serious bodily injury charge against McFarland is a second-degree felony, and the affidavit states bond has been set at $15,000. He was not listed in the Travis County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
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