Bouncer Charged With Assault; Bride Helps With First Aid

Photo courtesy Long Beach Township Police Department

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP – A Terrace Tavern bouncer was charged with the assault of a man that took place in September.

Long Beach Township Police reported that the bouncer, Kenneth Widmer, was charged with aggravated assault, unsworn falsification to authorities and two counts of criminal mischief. He was taken to Ocean County Jail Oct. 11.

Around 2 a.m. Sept. 29, police were called to Terrace Tavern. A male had sustained serious injuries, especially to his head. An off-duty nurse celebrating her wedding day was giving the man chest compressions, while an off-duty Beach Haven First Aid member was assisting with other first aid.

Police said after investigating, they found Widmer to be responsible for the injuries. He, along with the bar owner, Michael Sweeney, allegedly provided false statements to police. The bar co-owner, Toby Sweeney, also allegedly withheld evidence pertaining to the incident.

On Oct. 17, both Sweeneys were taken into custody and charged with hindering. Both were shortly thereafter released.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime unit assisted with this investigation.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Township Detective Bureau at 609-494-3322