Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Las Vegas man arrested in Boiler Room rumpus

Suspect allegedly struck an employee and resisted arrest

Express Staff Writer

A Las Vegas, Nev., man was arrested early Sunday morning at The Boiler Room nightclub in Sun Valley after he allegedly stuck an employee, resisted arrest and refused to identify himself.

Sun Valley police identified the man as 43-year-old Basilo Mercado. Police Chief Cameron Daggett said Mercado was arrested on suspicion of three misdemeanors: battery, resisting arrest and failure to show identification to a police officer.

Police were called to The Boiler Room at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

"He was picking fights and being verbally and physically abusive in the bar and so they asked him to leave," Daggett said.

The police chief said Mercado then allegedly struck one of the employees. When police arrived, Mercado allegedly struck a Sun Valley officer, but Daggett said Mercado wasn't arrested on a charge of battery of a police officer because "he didn't do great damage."

Ketchum police and Blaine County Sheriff's deputies assisted in apprehending the suspect.

"He was fairly intoxicated and we had enough officers there to control him," Daggett said. "We did have to sort of tie him up, though. We used leg restraints as well as handcuffs."

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