Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Pete bar manager charged with battery on patron

ST. PETERSBURG — A downtown bar manager faces an aggravated battery charge after police said he caused serious injuries to an intoxicated patron he tossed out of the establishment this past weekend.

Authorities said Blake Ambrester, 24, who manages the Suite Six Bar & Lounge at 265 Central Ave., flagged down a police officer at 2:35 a.m. Sunday.

Officers found a man, identified as Jeremy Fisher, 39, of Miami, face down and unconscious on the sidewalk. He had injuries to his neck and head, and was taken to the hospital.

Ambrester told police he tossed Fisher out of the bar after a female employee complained about being uncomfortable and feeling threatened. Ambrester said Fisher refused to leave when asked and became "physically resistant," police said.

The bar manager put him in a choke hold and physically took him outside. As he did, police said, Fisher passed out and fell face first when Ambrester released him.

Police said Fisher suffered facial fractures and a neck injury that will require surgery. He is in a coma at Bayfront Medical Center, officials said.

Police arrested Ambrester on Monday. Jail records show he was released on $10,000 bail. Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show Ambrester pleaded no contest to felony battery charges in a 2008 case from Tallahassee, and served jail time for the same offense in another case.

St. Pete bar manager charged with battery on patron 07/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 4:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Spring Hill couple arrested on drug charges after months-long investigation


    SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill couple was arrested Wednesday on several drug charges after a months-long investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

    Hernando County Sheriff's Office detectives stand behind 24 pounds of marijuana seized by the agency during a drug bust this week. [Photo by Megan Reeves]
  2. New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

    Human Interest

    EAST LAKE — Mike Siebel bikes the Pinellas Trail four days a week and loops up and down the Suncoast Trail at least a couple times every year. A 68-year-old cycling diehard, he was so eager for the opening of the 5-mile segment extending the Pinellas Trail to the Pasco border that he would often drive across …

    Cyclists wait for the official opening of the Pinellas Trail's newest segment. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  3. Authorities recover body of missing boater in Lake Thonotosassa


    THONOTOSASSA — Authorities on Thursday recovered the body of a 44-year-old Plantation man who went missing while boating on Lake Thonotosassa.

  4. Chester Bennington, Linkin Park singer, dies by suicide at 41: Report


    Chester Bennington, the flame-throated singer of enormosly popular metal band Linkin Park, has reportedly committed suicide at age 41.

    Chester Bennington and Linkin Park last performed in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field in 2014.
  5. Fifth worker from TECO molten slag accident dies

    Public Safety

    The June 29 accident at the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach claimed a fifth life on Thursday.

    A fifth worker died following a June 29 accident at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. Anthony Perez, 56, an employee of BRACE Industrial Group, died Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES]