New Bedford Man Sentenced for Bar Brawl
FALL RIVER — A 27-year-old New Bedford man will be serving four to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to charges related to a violent bar brawl that took place at a Fall River cafe.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s office said Christian Guerrero pleaded guilty to a slew of assault and battery charges stemming from a 2019 altercation at JC’s cafe that District Attorney Thomas Quinn likened to "a scene out of the Wild West."
According to Quinn, Guerrero was drunk at the cafe bar on March 16, 2019 when he got into a fight with two other male patrons that ignited a bar-wide brawl.
The incident was captured on surveillance video.
The D.A.’s office said Guerrero could be seen in the footage punching and kicking people on the ground.
He then grabbed a bottle and threw it at a woman’s head, although she had already been knocked to the ground.
The bottle exploded over her head, at which point Guerrero kicked her.
The victim testified that she sustained a concussion in the incident.
After leaving the bar, Guerrero encountered the two men he had started fighting with outside.
According to the D.A.’s office, he picked up a boulder that was being used as a doorstop and smashed it over one man’s head, knocking him out cold.
After the second man rushed to help, Guerrero picked up the boulder again and threw it at him, narrowly missing.
He then charged the man and kicked him the head before stomping on both men's heads as they lay unconscious on the ground, the D.A.'s office said.
As police arrived, Guerrero drove up on the sidewalk in order to escape the scene.
His girlfriend was in the front seat. She described him as being "highly intoxicated," according to the D.A.'s office.
After driving a few blocks up Bedford Street at high speed, Guerrero crashed the vehicle into a jersey barrier.
His girlfriend shattered her wrist in the crash.
Guerrero ran from the scene before he was caught a short time later.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery with serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon and operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury.
After serving his sentence, Guerrero will be on supervised probation for an extra three years.
“This is a scene out of the Wild West, with extraordinary acts of violence being committed by the defendant, the likes of which I have rarely seen," Quinn said.
"Through the grace of god no one was seriously injured or killed."