Saturday, August 21, 2010


Elyria – Two Elyria Police Officers on a special detail to promote safety and enforce criminal violations in the bars and taverns in Elyria busted an 18 year Lorain man, Brandon Atkinson, for underage consumption early Friday morning.

The Officers said they pulled up to the Red Fox Lounge on Broad Street just before 1 a.m. Friday to perform a “walk through” of the bar. Officers noticed the Doorman from the Red Fox get up from his chair and enter the bar and closed the door after he saw the Officers exit their car. Officers said they could hear the Doorman alerting the guests inside the bar that the Police were coming.

When Officers entered the bar they saw several exotic dancers in bikinis and lingerie scattered throughout the bar. The dancers were wearing garter belts that contained “tip money.”

Officers then spotted a male who appeared to be under the age of 21 at the bar with a plastic cup or shot of liquor in his right hand, but as Officers approached him he moved the shot aside and grabbed a cup of ice water.

The man said he did not have ID on him so Officers asked him to step outside so they could speak to him away from the loud music. As the man stood up Officers noticed a small sandwich bag of marijuana hanging out of his shorts pocket – the Officer secured the bag before it fell to the ground.

Once outside, Officers identified the man as 18 year old Brandon Atkinson from Lorain. Officers said that Atkinson had an odor of alcohol on him and his eyes were red and glassy. Atkinson did admit to Officers that he had one shot of Hennessy Liquor inside of the Red Fox. Officers then placed Atkinson under arrest for Underage Consumption and Possession of Marijuana.

Police say that they will submit this evidence to the State Liquor Commission and request a citation on the Red Fox Lounge for Underage Sales.


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