Plainville man arrested after Zen Bar beating

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A Plainville man was arrested on a felony assault charge after he seriously injured another patron during a December bar assault, police said.

Anthony Sidoti, 24, of Whiting Street in Plainville turned himself in Monday on a charge of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace, they said.

His bail was set at $100,000, but it was reduced to $15,000 during his arraignment in Superior Court in Bristol, court records show.

According to the warrant for Sidoti’s arrest, the bloodied victim called police after the assault and when officers arrived, he told them he was beaten in the bar for no reason. He was taken to Hartford Hospital.

The victim ended up with a broken nose, cuts to the head, fractured ribs and two knocked-out teeth, among other injuries, police said. Medical professionals told police that the injuries were consistent with someone having used a weapon, such as brass knuckles.

A witness told police the victim was drunk and belligerent and appeared to be instigating Sidoti, who the witness said was a member of the Outlaws motorcycle club. Sidoti and other men at the bar were wearing leather vests that had “Outlaws MC” written on them, the warrant said.

The witness said Sidoti struck the man in the head, injuring him, and a surveillance video showed Sidoti punching him in the face several times, the warrant said.

After he threw the first punch, other men with Outlaw vests on joined in, striking and pushing the man, it said.

An officer caught up with Sidoti at another bar a few hours later, and he refused to answer questions. He was not wearing the vest, although he and his friends were wearing similar clothing, the warrant said. His hands were not bruised, and he had no weapons on him.

But his cellphone had a sticker on it that said, “brass knuckles,” the warrant said. And someone in the bar told the officer Sidoti had said he had been in a fight at Zen earlier.

A Hartford Hospital nurse then told police that the man’s injuries were too serious to have been caused by a punch, the warrant said. The nurse said a glass bottle or other weapon was used.

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