Gun unit cop nearby when shots are fired in bar

Posted at 12:58 PM, Apr 11, 2016

A gun unit officer happened to be in the area when shots were fired inside an Akron bar that officers have been investigating as a possible "nuisance."

Akron police Sgt. Dale Dorn was sitting in an unmarked car in the parking lot of Georgie's Pub on Brittain Road just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday when he heard gunshots. A bartender also called 911 and said four or five shots were fired in a bathroom.

Two detectives, who are both with the Gun Violence Reduction Unit, were also nearby and responded. No one was injured from the gunfire.

As one of the officers was getting out of his cruiser, he saw a man wearing all black running southbound in front of the bar with a gun in his hand, according to the police report.

The detective ran towards the suspect, yelled at him to show his hands and shined his flashlight in the suspect's direction. 

The suspect began walking toward the officer, no longer holding the gun, police said.

The detective demanded that the suspect get down on the ground. After first disobeying orders, the suspect finally complied, according to the report.

23-year-old Raysean Javelle Neal was handcuffed and arrested. He was charged with carrying concealed weapons, using weapons while intoxicated, illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premises, inducing panic and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises.

According to Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards, there have been 33 calls for service made regarding Georgie's Pub and Georgie's Girls just this year--19 calls for Georgie's Pub and 14 for Georgie's Girls. Those calls included shots fired, burglary, fights, suspicious person and fights with weapons.

"At this point, we are monitoring that location and we're trying to figure out what's actually going on. If there's enough there, we will go after nuisance abatement," Edwards said.

George Jumbert, owner of the pub and strip club, said he has a security guard who checks customers and he's not sure how the gun got in to the bar.

He said other incidents involving violence or weapons happened outside of the bar.

"This is the worst problem we have ever had. I'm doing my best to clean it up, believe me," Jumbert said. "You cannot control people. You can check them out, but how can you tell them not to come to the bar? It's a business."