ST. CLOUD - A man has been hospitalized, and a bar bouncer arrested, after an altercation at a downtown St. Cloud bar.

St. Cloud police say just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday officers working in the area were flagged down by pedestrians regarding an unconscious man that was bleeding from the head. Officers found the 21 year old man lying unconscious on the sidewalk outside the south doors to the Press Bar at 502 West St. Germain. Both Gold Cross Ambulance and the St. Cloud Fire Department were called to assist with providing medical treatment.

According to the police report, officers investigating the incident spoke to several witnesses and employees of the Press Bar. Through the investigation it was determined that a security employee of the bar had been removing the victim from inside the bar for being overly intoxicated and having a lit cigarette. The security employee had placed the victim in some type of headlock and as he was removing him out the doors, threw the male to the ground causing the male to strike his head on the sidewalk. The security employee provided no medical attention and immediately returned inside the bar.

The victim was ultimately taken to St. Cloud Hospital for what was eventually considered non-life threatening injuries.

As a result of the investigation, police say the security employee, 20 year old Patrick McNeely of St. Cloud, was taken into custody for alleged assault. McNeely was taken to the Stearns County Jail where he was held for court on the charge of 3rd degree assault.

This is currently an active investigation being conducted by Investigators with the St. Cloud Police Department Criminal Investigative Unit.

Photo courtesy of Johnathan Saxon

Anyone with information regarding the above incident is urged to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200, or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301,1-800-255-1301, or at

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