Alexandria, VA

Two Fairfax County men were arrested last month and charged with drunkenness, resisting arrest and assault and battery after a fight at a West End bar.

On Dec. 11, police arrived at the Hashtag Restaurant & Lounge at 654 South Pickett Street and found the 23-year-old and 22-year-old men with swollen knuckles and welts on their faces. Both men were highly intoxicated and told police that they were assaulted while they fought by bar security staff and a bartender.

“The assaults occurred both inside and outside the establishment,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.

Police also said finding the security footage of the incident has been a challenge.

According to the affidavit, “Because the business owner has either refused to cooperate with the Police further in this investigation or is unable to provide the video evidence sought to identify perpetrators of the crime and provide an impartial view of the events, [the investigating officer] is compelled to locate this information in this fashion to prepare an addition(al) warrant for the video evidence, which will be delivered to the security company managing the camera system.”

The 23-year-old was arrested for being drunk in public and resisting arrest. The 22-year-old was arrested for being drunk in public and assault and battery for allegedly hitting the 22-year-old in front of police. Neither of the suspects have crimes of moral turpitude on their records, police reported, and they were both released the following day.

The establishment is in the Pickett Square shopping center, which is in an industrial area near the Landmark area and S. Van Dorn Street.

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