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Man arrested in assault outside bar in Girard

Published: Wed, September 25, 2013 @ 12:03 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



Police have made an arrest in the case of a man who was seriously injured outside a bar in the city.

Amos J. Gramelt, 29, of Beechwood Drive in Girard was assaulted Sept. 17. The assault took place as the Wonder Bar on West Liberty Street was closing and people were leaving, police Chief Jeff Palmer said Tuesday.

Robert Prodnick, 29, of 102 W. Liberty St. in Girard is charged with felonious assault because of the magnitude of Gramelt’s injuries, said Palmer. Gramelt was in intensive care at St. Elizabeth Health Center after the assault.

Prodnick was arraigned in Girard Municipal Court and released Monday on a $2,500 bond, or 10 percent of $25,000. He also is under house arrest and was expected to appear again in court at 1 p.m. today.

Gramelt’s parents filed a complaint with Girard Police last Wednesday that said they found out their son was “cleaned up by employees of the bar and put back in the car to drive home.”

Paul Barnes, owner of the bar, said that version does not paint a true picture of what happened.

“There’s no way we wrapped a gauze bandage around him and sent him on his way,” Barnes said.

He said he was not at the bar at the time. One person was working — the bartender, he said. The bartender told him Gramelt was up and alert after the assault, and he did not want help to be called.

Gramelt did not remember how he got home that night, the report said.

Palmer said Tuesday a police investigation showed Prodnick was arguing with a woman before the assault. Gramelt intervened on her behalf, he said. The woman drove Gramelt home after the assault, the investigation showed.

Palmer said Gramelt was offered police and medical assistance, but he declined it.

Gramelt’s parents found him in his bed at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17, his father, John Gramelt, said last week. They took him to Northside Hospital, which sent him to St. Elizabeth’s.

Palmer said Gramelt was punched once in the face. The impact knocked his head into a brick wall. Unconscious, he fell forward on his face into the concrete, Palmer said.

He had a fractured skull, bleeding in his brain and facial fractures, the police report said.

John Gramelt did not want to comment Tuesday on his son’s condition.


1dawn421(265 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

too fishy, i think Girard police need to do a real investigation into this. He got beat at closing time but his parents found him at 1:30? since when does wonder Bar close that early????????? that owner knows exactly what happened and if he does not give up the goods so to speak, he should be arrested for obstruction. this is the same place where my son was assaulted a few years ago by the bartender and split his skull open with a bottle of Jack. disgusting. btw, i do know the family therefore i know there is some sort of cover up with this investigation.

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2MM1388(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If you were friends with then family I think you would realize it says they found him and 130 PM.

Also, how would the owner know "exactly what happened" if he wasn't there?

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3endthismess(463 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Close this rat hole place down.The owner needs to fess up. This family needs to hire a private investigator...to get to the truth.

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4KBrown(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The Wonder Bar is not a rat hole, it’s a nice place with nice people. The owners are good people, and the bar usually attracts laid back patrons who just want to have a good time. This is a bar fight that could happen anywhere. Its unfortunate Gramelt was injured, but he’s a 29 year old man that was involved in a bar fight; it happens. And if he was offered treatment, as the police chief says, then what more can the bar do for a person fighting in/at their bar?

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5dawn421(265 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

i said he was found at 1:30, the article says AM!!!!!!!!! this craphole attracts laid back people?????????? are these laid back people in the habit of almost beating people to death? my son was assaulted there a few years ago by the bartender over a pool game because him and a friend won money from the mans friends and they got in an argument over it. it didnt concern that bartender, but he hit my son over the head with a bottle of Jack Daniels and split his head open and gave him a concussion!!!!! And no medical help was offered then . and the only reason this young man was put in his car was to get him off the property. That owner would be held accountable if he was found on the property. and im saying inside the bar. this is a crap hole that needs shut down, you can not keep beating people up and get away with it. and also, what happened to the survailence footage? everytime i was there cameras were on.

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