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Haverhill

November 25, 2013

City probes violence at private club

Report: Rowdy customer beaten, zapped with stun gun

HAVERHILL — A private downtown club is in trouble for an early-morning incident in which a drunk and rowdy club member was allegedly shot with a stun gun and beaten.

The License Commission is holding a special hearing this afternoon to hear from police and consider disciplinary action against The Hideout club on Emerson Street.

Police said they were called to The Hideout around 2 a.m. Friday by the owner and manager, Tara Viola of Peabody.

When they arrived, officers said two “heavily intoxicated” women came running up to their cruiser yelling wildly about being attacked by “people from The Hideout.”

Police said the female victim told them that she was thrown to the ground by a heavy-set man and shot with a stun gun several times. She had a bruise on her head and a cut on her nose, a police report said. She told police her attacker jumped into a motor vehicle and sped off. The other woman was taken into protective custody after she repeatedly yelled and slurred her speech, the police report said.

Inside the club, Viola told police that she and a male employee were closing up for the night when the two women arrived and started kicking the locked front door to try to get in. Viola told police the women were club members who were there earlier and had been asked to leave around midnight, the police report said. Police said Viola acknowledged having a verbal confrontation with the women, but told the officers she only yelled at them to leave.

According to the police report, officers then asked Viola if she owned a stun gun. She responded that she had one and gave it to the officers, the report said. Police confiscated the device and told Viola that she would be summonsed for illegal possession of an electrical weapon.

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