GROVE CITY – A Grove City man allegedly caused enough of a disturbance at a local bar that it had to shut down for the night.
Richard Olszewski, 39, was charged Sept. 23 by Grove City police with terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and two counts of criminal mischief.
All charges were held to the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 14 during a preliminary hearing with District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township.
Olszewski is free on bond, and his Common Pleas arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 15 with Judge Tedd C. Nesbit.
Police were dispatched at 9:24 p.m. Sept. 18 to South Broad Street in the area of Voodoo Brewery to a report of an intoxicated man who had been threatening patrons and staff at Voodoo.
Just before that dispatch, Olszewski had called police to say he was drunk and didn’t want to be arrested again for public intoxication.
Police later determined that Olszewski was the man causing the disturbance at Voodoo.
Police could not find Olszewski when they arrived at Voodoo. They were sent there a second time; a bartender reported that the same man as before had punctured two tires on his vehicle.
The bartender told police that Olszewski was highly intoxicated, belligerent and bothering other patrons at Voodoo. He refused to serve Olszewski, angering him further, and he continued to harass other patrons.
The bartender told him to leave, and Olszewski refused, coming close to the bartender’s face to ask what he was going to do.
The bartender told him that he would call 911, and when he took his phone from his pocket, Olszewski swung at him, threatened to kill him, and then left.
A short time later, the bartender thought to check his vehicle for fear of retaliation from Olszewski.
When the bartender checked outside, he saw Olszewski, who was wearing only boxer briefs, removing a knife from one of his vehicle’s tires.
Olszewski then came at the bartender with the knife still in his hand. The bartender went back inside the bar, locked the door and called 911 again.
The bartender decided to close the business for the night for everyone’s safety.