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Man arrested for unprovoked attack on patron at The Top

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Patrick Steven Lyons, 23, was arrested yesterday morning after the staff at The Top (30 N. Main St) reported that a customer had been attacked.

The victim told a Gainesville Police Department officer that he had been suddenly punched in the face while he was at the pool table. He said he was punched at least three times and did not know his attacker or why he was attacked. After being transported to the hospital, he told officers that his lip was completed ruptured and could not be repaired with stitches; he said medical staff told him he would need plastic surgery.

A witness at The Top said he had met the attacker at the bar and that the man had identified himself as “Patrick.” The witness said he and a friend had been playing pool earlier with Patrick, then they had all left the pool table to eat at the bar. While they were eating, Patrick reportedly asked the witness, “If I go over and punch this dude, will you bail me out?” The witness was “adamant” that the attack was unprovoked and that Patrick was very intoxicated. He gave a description of the attacker to officers.

Officers made contact with a man who matched the description of the attacker and was wandering eastbound in the westbound lane of NE 39th Avenue after receiving multiple calls about a person in the roadway. The man, identified as Lyons, reportedly told officers he had been drinking all day and had gone to several bars. Post Miranda, he reportedly told officers that he was in a fight at the bar over a pool table.

Lyons, whose address is listed as Okeechobee, is being held on $2,500 bail.

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Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

    • $2500 bail? Maybe if the judge or his family got
      Punched in the face and needs plastic surgery the
      Bail would be $200k. This guy is a menace to society…
      Why such a low bond??? Lock this A-hole up!!!

  • The City of Gainesville should pay the medical bills.

    I hear there’s some pretty large snakes down around Okeechobee area. Hear they’re hungry too.

    All you liberal lemmings, the victim could have been one of you.

    • As the mother of the victim, I blame both the restaurant and city! It’s a shame that innocent college students cannot feel safe going out to a restaurant or even walking the streets of Gainesville. Time to take this situation seriously before more people are injured

  • The restaurant is one of the best run in town and is normally safe. The city, on the other hand, is run by wild-eyed leftists who were upset when Gov. DeSantis made it illegal for localities to defund their police. In the past, the city shared two helicopters with the county until they decided to end that a couple of years ago. Crime has definitely gone up since, with no more police helicopters flying around at night. They talked about coming up with other ‘creative’ ways to effectively defund the police and thumb their noses at Tallahassee. One of their latest answers has been to take the chief of police and reassign him to an administrative position at city hall. Also, the police department is likely still understaffed because of the city commission’s grossly-misplaced priorities and refusal to offer normal salaries for police officers in Florida. It couldn’t hurt to talk to a good attorney as far as the city.

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