Putnam Den fracas draws civil damage suit

Thursday, December 6, 2012
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— A man injured at Putnam Den last Christmas Eve is suing the bar and its bouncer.

John C. Rakstis alleges in a complaint filed Nov. 9 in the state Supreme Court in Saratoga County that he was injured “as a result of the negligence, recklessness and carelessness” of bouncer Adam Mc-Inerney and the bar on Dec. 24.

The lawsuit says Rakstis “suffered serious and permanent physical injuries requiring medical treatment, medication and expense” when McInerney threw him out of the bar.

He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center and remained there for the better part of a week.

Taj Hospitality runs the bar at 63A Putnam St., according to the lawsuit.

McInerney originally was arrested on a felony assault charge and later pleaded guilty in Saratoga Springs City Court to a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment and was sentenced Sept. 25 to 60 days in jail and three years’ probation.

Rakstis was satisfied with the plea, but has some permanent damage as a result of the being slammed on the ground and hitting his head, said Kevin Mednick, one of the attorneys representing Rakstis from the firm Bendall & Mednick in Schenectady.

Putnam Den officials could not be reached for comment for this story.

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