A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting another man who flirted with his girlfriend at a Scottsdale bar on Sunday evening, according to records obtained by The Arizona Republic.
Police were called to the Roadrunner Lounge near Hayden and Thomas roads just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of a “large” fight on the patio, according to the arrest record.
The caller reported that one man was unconscious and bleeding from the head as another man, later identified by police as 47-year-old Craig Roemer, fled the scene in a red or maroon-colored Chrysler 200.
After officers arrived, the record said the male victim was taken to the hospital in “possibly life-threatening condition.” The man was later found to have a brain bleed and was in the ICU as of Tuesday afternoon.
After interviewing witnesses, detectives learned the man was seated alone on the bar’s patio but at one point began flirting with a woman who was at the bar with her boyfriend, the record said.
The man and woman left the bar in the Chrysler 200 and returned a short while later, when Roemer assaulted the victim while he was still seated on a bar stool, the record said. After the assault, Roemer got back in the vehicle and fled the scene, the record said.
A witness identified the vehicle’s license plate, which determined that the vehicle was registered to Roemer, the record said.
Mesa police went to Roemer’s address on record, where his mother told them Roemer was living in a halfway house, the record said. She gave police his phone number
Surveillance video showed Roemer punching the victim on the left side of his face, with the force of the punch causing the man to become unbalanced on the bar stool, the record said.
Roemer then pulled the victim to the ground and stomped on his face and neck “at least five times,” with the victim appearing to become unconscious after the first blow, the record said.
Bar patrons attempted to pull Roemer away from the victim, at which point Roemer got into the driver’s seat of the Chrysler and drove away again, the record said.
Roemer has a criminal history, with the Arizona Department of Corrections parole officer confirming to investigators that Roemer was living at a halfway house and is no longer on parole, the record said.
Officers contacted the manager of the halfway house, who confirmed that Roemer had been staying there. Roemer left the residence and was taken into custody without further incident on Monday just after noon.
Roemer, in an interview at the jail, admitted to being at the bar with his girlfriend. They drank two pitchers of beer and a shot of liquor, the record said.
He said the victim was flirting with his girlfriend and “would not stop” after multiple requests by him and other patrons. There was no physical interaction between the victim and Roemer’s girlfriend, the record said.
Roemer told investigators he assaulted the victim because he was “pissed” but admitted he “made a mistake” and “didn’t need to do that.” He also indicated he was “surprised” at the severity of the victim’s injuries, the record said.
Roemer also said he was released from prison six months ago and “did not want to go back,” stating that he had stopped using hard drugs in an effort to avoid returning to prison, the record said.
Roemer was charged with attempting to commit second-degree murder, aggravated assault leading to serious physical injury and aggravated assault during which the victim’s capacity to resist was impaired.
The investigator wrote, in a section on the arrest record asking for reasons why the state should not permit an unsecured release for Roemer, that he “can not control his anger” and “severely injured the victim … due to lack of self-control.”
Roemer is being held at a Maricopa County jail on a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19.
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