According to Nations co-owner Doyle Bunch, in a random incident, a patron was attacked and robbed in the parking lot of a neighboring Chinese restaurant after leaving the club last Friday. Since then, Bunch said the victim has spent four days in intensive care for a broken nose and fractured cheekbone and is expected to make a full recovery. Bunch wants to make sure that his clubgoers are being street smart.
The April 17th incident was caught by Nations’ surveillance cameras and footage has since been turned over to Richmond City Police. Shortly after 2 AM, three black men wearing ski masks were hiding behind dumpsters as a neighborhood resident was walking his dog. When he saw the men approach, he ran away.
Moments later, the club patron left Nations to go to the adjacent parking lot, got in his vehicle, then the men approached the driver’s side and started beating him through the open window. They pulled the victim from the car, dragged him across the parking lot and into the alley way where they continued to beat him. They left him on the pavement, dug through his vehicle, and left the scene with $60 and a cell phone.
Bunch said this was not a hate crime as there was no verbal exchange. He emphasized that people need to be aware of their surroundings and that these incidents can happen anywhere. He urges clubgoers to exercise extra precaution and not linger in their vehicles late at night and to lock doors.
With surveillance cameras on both sides of the building and throughout the interior, the club has measures in place. Nations staffs two outdoor police on Friday and Saturday nights as well as security inside the club. This incident had taken place after a Thursday night karaoke competition. With a new top 40 dance night on Thursdays starting next week, they will be adding security staff.
“I would urge people to exit the club in couples or in a group.” Bunch said. “They can ask the security to escort them to their vehicles if they like. That’s why we have them.”
“We have to get out the word to be cautious,” he said. “Take care of yourself and take care of each other.”
If you have any information regarding the crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.