CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man turned himself in Wednesday in connection with a golf-club-swinging brawl nearly a month ago outside Providence Road Sundries that seriously injured another man.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigators had an arrest warrant for Konstandinos John Drosinis, 24, shortly after the fight May 25 that ended with Cameron Riggins, 22, being sent to Carolinas Medical Center with serious head injuries. Friends say Riggins’ injuries required surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
A CMPD news release offered little information about Drosinis, except that he’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.
Riggins, a recent Clemson graduate, was released from a rehabilitation facility on Wednesday, according to a friend who asked not to be named. “He’s still recovering,” the friend said Wednesday. “It’s just a process to regain full functioning of his legs.”
The violence came at a popular Myers Park landmark not known for rowdy crowds. It was the second incident this year involving Charlotte neighborhood taverns where fights broke out and bad things happened.
In March, Robert Kingston was killed when a car hit him outside Ed’s Tavern in Dilworth. Police allege that law student Kenan Gay pushed Kingston out of the bar and into the street during a fight. Gay’s lawyers say Gay pushed Kingston out the door and Kingston, intoxicated, stumbled on his own into Park Road.
Police have said little about the May incident outside Providence Road Sundries.
Drosinis – in Mecklenburg jail under $75,000 bond – has a string of alcohol-related arrests, including when he wasn’t old enough to legally drink, records show.
Most of the charges were dismissed. However, he was convicted of communicating threats after a 2008 incident and twice convicted of underage-drinking offenses. Last year, a restraining order was filed against him, apparently by a relative.
Last week, Capt. Roderick Golding, head of the assault with a deadly weapon unit, declined to discuss the case and why it was taking so long to make an arrest.
He did write in an e-mail: “I believe each side would say they were provoked by the other.”
Comments about women
Yet a member in Riggins’ group was adamant that he and his group of about 10 friends didn’t provoke the fight. He said it began as the group left the bar early May 25.
Most of the friends had gone to Charlotte Country Day School. Several were recent college graduates.
As they left, three “older white guys” were at the bar and began making “aggressive comments” about women in Riggins’ group, said the friend who asked not to be named.
They left, and several piled into a car parked in the lot that borders Providence Road.
But before they could pull out, the three older men walked out and sat on the car hood, the friend said. One of Riggins’ group got out of the car and asked if there was a problem. The older men grabbed him by the shirt and threw him to the ground. They kicked and punched him, the friend said.
The other friends rushed to his rescue, and a shouting match followed. Suddenly, two of the older men were threatening with golf clubs, according to Riggins’ friend.
The fight escalated and eventually crossed Providence Road into the front yard of a house. Two in the Riggins’ group were hit by golf irons, a CMPD incident report said.
After police were alerted, the three older men fled in a Ford Explorer. Police found Riggins on the ground unconscious.
Besides Riggins, two others were taken to CMC with injuries and treated. A police report identified them as Lucas Fries, 22, of Charlotte, who had minor injuries; and Andrew Irwin, 22, of Charlotte, who apparently broke a bone.