Recent incidents at two downtown Walnut Creek bar/restaurants have spurred Walnut Creek police to increase their presence downtown on Friday and Saturday nights.
According to a news release posted to the department’s Facebook page, uniformed officers will patrol the downtown district on foot on those traditionally busy nights.
The release cited two recent incidents, one involving gunfire on the street outside Modern China Cafe and the other a violent confrontation between a bouncer and patron at Dan’s Irish Sports Bar – both of which occurred Sept. 5 – as the driving force behind their decision.
The Modern China incident has been extensively covered by this site. In their release, police reiterated our initial information that the suspect vehicle in that case was a black KIA – a description contradicted by at least one person who posted to our site after we first posted news of the incident Sept. 5.
Not as well known but also under our scrutiny was what police said was a violent altercation between a security guard and a patron outside Dan’s at 12:40 a.m. on Sept. 5.
That incident, we were were told at the time, resulted in the hospitalization of the patron and the arrest of the security person.
Police said the Modern China incident – which ended with three shots being fired downtown – is still under investigation. The incident at Dan’s ended with the arrest of guard Dante Sims, 42, of Antioch after Sims allegedly assaulted an unnamed patron who fell and struck his head. The victim is recovering from his injuries at a local hospital, according to police, and the case is expected to go to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
“While these are isolated incidents, we want to make sure Walnut Creek residents and visitors feel comfortable while enjoying our many restaurants and shops,” the police release stated. “As our community begins to feel more comfortable returning to favorite businesses, you should know that we’re out there with you.”
The exact number of police officers on the street for the downtown patrols was not given.