Two men arrested for violent fight in gay bar

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Atlanta police arrested two men suspected of launching into a violent tirade over a cover charge inside a Cheshire Bridge Road gay bar, apparently attacking a security guard and breaking the arm of a patron.

Leonardo Soto, 28, and Alexander Moore, 31, were arrested in late October after they allegedly attacked a security guard and another man inside the Heretic in the early morning hours of Sept. 21. The men fled after the incident, but were arrested weeks later after a Fulton magistrate judge issued warrants for their arrest based on witness statements and positive identification in a photo lineup, according to an incident report from the Atlanta Police Department.

Moore (photo right) was arrested by Smyrna police Oct. 27 on charges of simple battery, criminal trespass and battery. He was released Oct. 29 on $5,000 bond. Atlanta police arrested Soto (photo left) on Oct. 29 on charges of simple battery and criminal trespass. He was released a day later on $2,000 bond.

Soto is gay. Moore, which a police report indicates is Soto's brother-in-law, identifies as straight in his Facebook profile.

Atlanta police responded to the bar about 1:12 a.m. on Sept. 21. Witnesses and Ray Collins, one of the bar's owners, told police that Soto and Moore refused to pay a cover charge and “went ballistic,” according to an incident report. When a security guard asked the men to leave, one of them allegedly punched him in the face and attacked a nearby patron, who suffered a broken arm. The men then fled on Cheshire Bridge Road.

A few days later, on Sept. 26, Atlanta police were called when Soto was spotted inside BJ Roosters, which shares a parking lot with Heretic. An officer detained Soto in his patrol car and the Heretic security guard and a witness to the fight identified him as one of the assailants, according to an incident report. Police then gave Soto a “courtesy ride” to a QuikTrip on Sydney Marcus Boulevard and released him.

On Oct. 4, an Atlanta police investigator sought arrest warrants for Soto and Moore, which were granted by a magistrate judge. The men were arrested about three weeks later.

On Wednesday, the Heretic declined to discuss the incident. Soto and Moore did not respond to Facebook messages seeking comment.


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