St. Pete bar manager charged with battery on patron

Published July 2, 2013

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.