2005-04-01 / Front Page

Bloody Scrape-Up At Jameson’s Pub

By Brian Magoolaghan


John Robbins, 21, was hit with a beer mug at Jameson’s Pub last weekend. 
John Robbins, 21, was hit with a beer mug at Jameson’s Pub last weekend.

An attack at a popular Belle Harbor watering hole last weekend left a Southern visitor with more than 50 stitches around his eye and ear, and now detectives want to question the Rockaway man they think is responsible.

John Robbins, 21, said he was drinking at Jameson’s Pub with other members of the West Virginia University rugby team, who were in town for a local tournament, when an argument broke out at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday between a teammate and Joey Caiazzo, a Rockaway resident.

Jameson’s Pub on Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor. A West Virginia University student in Rockaway after playing rugby in a Randall’s Island tournament told police that he was attacked inside the pub on Saturday night-Sunday morning by a man who hit him in his face with a broken beer mug.Jameson’s Pub on Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor. A West Virginia University student in Rockaway after playing rugby in a Randall’s Island tournament told police that he was attacked inside the pub on Saturday night-Sunday morning by a man who hit him in his face with a broken beer mug. Robbins would not elaborate on what sparked the argument, but said he stepped in when his teammate and Caiazzo appeared to be squaring off.

“They were both drunk and it was late,” Robbins said. “I told [Caiazzo], ‘We’re not here to cause trouble,’” he added.

“I thought that was the end of that, but apparently it wasn’t,” said Robbins who alleges that Caiazzo came over and smashed him across the face with a beer mug. The glass shattered and sliced into his face rupturing an artery.

“I was pouring blood everywhere,” he described.

Friends took him outside and hailed a cab to whisk Robbins to Peninsula Hospital Center where doctors stopped the bleeding and used more than 50 stitches to close his wounds. The slices and scrapes run from the middle of his left cheek to behind his left ear. Damage also surrounds his left eye, but Robbins said his vision was not impaired.

Robbins, who is back in West Virginia and spoke to The Wave by phone, said he plans to see a plastic surgeon on Friday. His parents, he said, have advised him to press charges and seek legal action against Caiazzo, who could not be reached for comment.

Caiazzo was described as being in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 180 pounds. A relative said he lives near the bar.

A police source confirmed that detectives from the 100 Precinct are investigating the matter as a felony assault. Caiazzo was not arrested and no charges had been brought at press time.

James McManus of Jameson’s Pub declined to comment for this story.

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