Police investigate bloody incident downtown

Everton McLean
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Man found lying in street outside strip club

A bloodied man collapsed in the middle of a downtown street after leaving a strip club Thursday morning.

The unidentified man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries after leaving The Crazy Horse bar on Duckworth Street at about 11:30 a.m.

Several RNC officers taped off the area as they investigated the incident, detouring traffic and curious bystanders. The corner of Duckworth and Ordnance streets was closed while officers with the forensics unit photographed and measured two large puddles of blood on the road before taking down the police tape and allowing traffic through.

Const. Ron Simms of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's forensics identification section places crime-scene markers by blood stains on the pavement in front of The Crazy Horse strip club on Duckworth Street in downtown St. John's Thursday. Police respon

A bloodied man collapsed in the middle of a downtown street after leaving a strip club Thursday morning.

The unidentified man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries after leaving The Crazy Horse bar on Duckworth Street at about 11:30 a.m.

Several RNC officers taped off the area as they investigated the incident, detouring traffic and curious bystanders. The corner of Duckworth and Ordnance streets was closed while officers with the forensics unit photographed and measured two large puddles of blood on the road before taking down the police tape and allowing traffic through.

Plainclothes and uniformed police officers knocked on the door of The Crazy Horse, where dogs could be heard barking inside as the officers were let in.

RNC spokes-man Const. Paul Davis said police believe the man was injured inside the bar, but did not confirm whether a weapon was involved or even if it was an assault. Police are still investigating.

Bystander Gerry Johnson said he saw the man lying in the road and assumed he had been hit by a car.

"He was lying in the street on his back," he said. "He was quite a bit injured, but he was moving."

Another eyewitness, who asked not to be identified, said when he saw the man he was motionless on the pavement.

emclean@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Duckworth Street

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