Prescott-Area Cops at Bar Fight Claimed They Didn't Know Name of Fellow Cop, in Their Own Motorcycle Club, Who Threw Punch
A pair of high-ranking cops who were at a Prescott bar where a Glendale man was injured in a fight said they couldn't remember the name of the fellow cop who punched the man, although they went to that bar with this cop as part of their motorcycle club.
According to the Prescott Police Department reports first obtained by the Daily Courier, Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Bill Suttle just couldn't come up with the true identity of "Top Gun" -- the nickname of their fellow Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club member, who apparently punched a 23-year-old Glendale man, who was hospitalized that night.
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The reports tell of about 20 guys in the Iron Brotherhood vests and jackets, out at Whiskey Row bars with their wives or girlfriends.
Witnesses who saw them that night described them as "rowdy," "acting like some sort of outlaw motorcycle gang," acting like "1 percenter's [sic]" -- criminals -- and "Hell's Angels" as they acted like bullies, who were "flashind around their badges," the police reports describe.
One bartender said he cut off "about ninety percent of them" before they left his establishment. They'd land at another bar after that.
By the time police started investigating the incident, officers spotted the Iron Brotherhood vests in Hooligan's Pub, although the fight occurred at Moctezuma's Bar.
Suttle, the YCSO sergeant, said he was there, and admitted that "one of their guys" got in a "little tussle" with the victim, after the victim grabbed Chief Fessler.
"Suttle stated that he broke it up and then immediately sent their guy home," the report states.
Suttle said "their guy" was named "Top Gun." His real name escaped Suttle's memory -- he could only remember that he was from Ajo.
Later, Suttle would inform the Prescott cops that "Andy," "your assistant chief" -- apparently Prescott Police Deputy Chief Andy Reinhardt -- was also there.
"I want him left out of this," Suttle said, according to the report. Suttle still insisted he couldn't remember who "Top Gun" was.
The cops also found Fessler, and asked him what happened at Moctezuma's.
"What happened at Moctezuma's," Fessler replied. He talked about the incident after the investigating officer informed him of the man who got punched.
Miraculously, Fessler couldn't come up with the name of his fellow club member, "Top Gun," either.
"As of this time I have not received a message from Suttle or anyone with the Iron Brotherhood in reference to the legal name of 'Top Gun' or anyone else involved in this assault," the Prescott officer writes at the end of his report.
The case was transferred to the Department of Public Safety, so the Prescott report certainly isn't the ultimate report on the matter, but it's the only one available at this time, according to the Courier.
The Courier also obtained surveillance footage of the fight in the bar, although it's very difficult to make out what's going on. If we had to guess, "Top Gun" might the one of the two guys wailing their arms between 0:30 and 0:46.
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