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Sep 17, 2018

Bar Brawl at Pier One Bar Captured on Camera

A shocking bar brawl at Pier One Bar was captured on film. The video shows a group of men violently attacking each other in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Many persons were injured but only three persons allowed themselves to be checked by doctors at the K.H.M.H.  One of the persons injured is twenty-one-year-old Kenan Faber who was stabbed on the left arm causing his lung to be punctured.  A male minor was also injured but was released after being treated. Twenty-one-year-old Keran Miguel was stabbed to the neck, but fortunately the wound was minor and he too was treated and released. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo found out today what caused the bar brawl.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Captured on camera; a shocking bar brawl at Pier One Bar in Belize City. The brawl happened at around one a.m. on Saturday, leaving at least three persons including a minor injured. The video shows a group of men violently attacking each other with bar stools as party goers quickly remove themselves from the immediate area.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

 “Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed a group of persons. Several of them had apparent injuries to the body. Some of them refused to seek medical attention however the doctor attended to three persons who were admitted. This was as a result of a fight that broke out at Pier One where several persons were injured. Apparently the object that was used was a borer and other injuries were caused by the tables, chairs and stools from the bar. I understand that much furniture from the establishment was damaged from the fight.”


During the brawl twenty one year old Kenan Faber received a stabbed wound on the left armpit. Twenty one year old Keran Miguel received a stab wound on the right side of the neck and a seventeen year old minor, who many say should have not been there, received a cut wound on the back of the head and abrasions on the right arm. ASP Alejandro Cowo says the brawl was as a result of two women fighting.


ASP Alejandro Cowo

What we understand that is initiated between two females. The females were in the company of different males persons and from there the fight just got bigger and bigger, involving almost everyone who was inside the establishment.”



“Don’t establishments like these particularly those that sell alcohol whether they sell food and restaurant, aren’t they required to have ample security in such eventualities?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes they are required. There were security but I cannot tell if the crowd that was there was overwhelming. We know that normally when these types of incidents do happen, the securities move away because they might be targets or victims of the same fight. That is the reality there.”


Faber’s lung was punctured. He remains admitted at the KHMH. The male minor and Miguel were treated and discharged minutes after.


This recent incident has caused much uproar on social media. Pier One Bar is located at B.T.L. Park—essentially a children’s park. In 2014, former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley defended Pier One Bar’s status saying it is not a bar but a restaurant.


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Former Mayor of Belize [September 17th, 2014]

“I wouldn’t concede that it is a bar for the simple reason that you can buy food there, and I don’t go there…like I go there if I’m in the park in the evenings like on Thursday or Friday, but you can purchase food there so I wouldn’t concede that. I will though say that the larger issue is the overall quality of the experience at the park, and I am satisfied that the clientele, the ambiance and the atmosphere that the Pier 1 Bar generates contributes to the visitor experience there. 


Only one person has come forward to provide investigators with a statement. Police are looking at footage to see if charges can be levied on any of the bar brawlers. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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