Diamond Grill fined over July 3 "near-riot"

JONESBORO, Ark. – A fight which almost became a shooting before quick action by police has led to punishments for the club where it happened.

The Diamond Grill, 305 North Airport Road in Jonesboro, was fined $2,250 at Monday’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in Little Rock. In addition, the club will be on probation for six months.

Failure to pay the fine by October 11 will result in the suspension of the liquor permit for the club.

This all stems from a near riot at the club on July 3.

At about 1:30 a.m. July 3, Sergeant Trey Dupuy with Jonesboro Police Department was working off-duty security at the Diamond Grill, 305 North Airport Road in Jonesboro, when he saw up to 30 people run out of the building and begin to argue in the parking lot.

It was then a suspect decided to elevate the conflict.

“I then heard the unmistakable sound of a handgun being racked as to a chamber in the round,” Dupuy wrote in the report. “The suspect then started towards the crowd that was arguing. The suspect was yelling and had the handgun raised at eye level as to be aiming at the crowd.”

Dupuy drew his weapon and yelled for the suspect to drop the gun. The suspect tossed the gun under the yellow Mustang and tried to walk away, before he was detained.

With other officers responding to the scene, the club emptied out, according to the incident report. Hundreds of people were in the parking lot and as Dupuy wrote, several fights were breaking out. Eventually, Dupuy deployed crowd control spray to disperse the crowd.

Tre’von Lamont Chew, 20, of Blytheville, was arrested. He faces charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor carrying a weapon and disorderly conduct.

A male juvenile, 17, was cited for disorderly conduct.

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