ALBANY, N.Y. -- One arrest has been made after a fight at a downtown Albany bar leads to one man intentionally hit by a car and a staff member stabbed in the back.
Officers responded to the R bar around 1:15 a.m. Friday for a report of two large groups fighting inside. Witnesses said the fight started inside the bar and was broken up by staff. One group was told to leave, which they did, and minutes later the second group was also asked to leave. But once outside, the groups started fighting again.
A 21-year-old man told police that one of the men involved in the fight intentionally hit him with his car while he was walking away and pinned him against a garage door. The driver then backed up and hit him two more times before driving away.
A cab driver who witnessed the incident followed the suspect onto I-787 and called 911, giving dispatchers a description and direction of the vehicle.
The driver was pulled over near Exit 6 and taken into custody. Travis Andrews is charged with second-degree assault, aggravated unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of a personal injury auto accident.
Witnesses said Andrews also fired several shots from a BB gun at the groups fighting. The gun was recovered when Andrews was stopped on 787. Andrews was arraigned in Albany City Court and sent to Albany County Jail without bail.
The man who was hit suffered a fractured knee cap.
Detectives also discovered that a staff member was stabbed while trying to break up the fight inside the bar. The 28-year-old sustained a two-inch laceration to his back. He was treated at the hospital and released.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.