SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah Police are asking for the community’s help to identify a man who assaulted a woman inside of a bar on Saturday, May 25.
Police say the assault took place that evening at Savannah Smiles on Williamson Street. The suspect is described as a white man with facial hair and a medium build. During the incident, he wore a light-colored shirt and khaki pants.
The general manager at Savannah Smiles has been working there for about 10 years and says he’s never seen anything like this happen before. He says he was happy to share the video with police. Detectives say security footage is a huge help as they investigate.
“We need the public’s help. We need their assistance anytime things like this happen in front of anybody, and if there are any witnesses, we need them to come forward,” said Cpl. Sherrell Brown, Detective, SPD Violent Crimes. “We don’t need them to take the position of ‘it didn’t involve me, I don’t want to get involved.' If we don’t have any eye witnesses, it doesn’t make good for the victim or their family to get any justice.”
WTOC got a copy of the police report and spoke with nearby business owners who say it’s disturbing to watch.
Jere Myers has owned Jere’s Antiques for 43 years, and has gotten to know other business owners around him. He says seeing this assault happen just around the corner is upsetting.
“You don’t know what was said, if anything, between those two people, and I have no idea, and I’m not going to pass judgement other than as a little boy, one of the first things I was taught was you don’t ever hit a girl," Myers said.
According the Savannah Police report from the night of the attack, “the victim advised she was outside when someone punched her in the face, knocked out and doesn’t remember anything after that.” The officer goes on to say “the victim advised me of her injuries and stated that her jaw was broken and dislocated on both sides.”
“Unfortunately, this young man hit this young lady, and it’s a shame to see, but again, I don’t know the circumstances, but I think he could have handled it differently," Myers said.
If there is any positive portion of this situation, Myers says it’s the quick reaction of the Savannah Smiles worker.
“It was a wonderful tribute to Savannah Smiles and their crew that within seconds of this man hitting this woman, there was somebody from Savannah Smiles all over him, taking him outside the door, and what they did after that, I don’t know, but I can feel confident he didn’t come back in that place of business,” Myers said.
Savannah Police are still looking for him and the woman he was there with when the assault happened, but Myers says he doesn’t feel any less safe.
“It’s not something that I would say to you is a problem in the sense that, ‘oh my word, I’m not going to go anywhere near that place or anywhere in that area because I’m going to get beat up by some clown just walking down the street.’ That’s not the situation.”
The woman accompanying the suspect is described as a white female in her 20s. She wore a pink tank top and black shorts.
Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call the Violent Crimes tip line at 912.525.3124.