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Big Brawl At Bailey’s in Ballston

by ARLnow.com December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm 6,049 58 Comments

Arlington police responded to a large fight at Bailey’s Pub (4238 Wilson Blvd) in the Ballston Common Mall last week.

It’s not clear what started the brawl, but it quickly grew in size and prompted a large police response. Six people were arrested and several people were taken to Virginia Hospital Center for injuries. At least one police officer suffered minor injuries but did not require hospitalization, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

“A huge melee broke out and spread into the mall,” Sternbeck said of the early Wednesday morning incident. “Nobody wanted to cooperate with police.”

From the ACPD daily crime report:

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 12/05/12, 4200 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. At 1:35 am on December 5, a large fight involving several subjects broke out. As a result of this large fight, six suspects were arrested for a variety of different charges. A few of the victims/subjects were taken to Virginia Hospital Center for treatment of injuries ranging from swelling to lacerations. Mitchell Thach Khlock, 22, of Springfield, Va. was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, malicious wounding, and assault and battery. Smeth Snguon, 33, of Sterling, Va. and Vireak Snguon, 30, of Arlington, Va. were arrested and charged with assault by mob. Saloeun Chea, 28, of Alexandria, Va. was arrested on charges of malicious wounding and assault by mob. Carlos Enrique Lopez, 23, of Alexandria, Va. and Ray Shawn Banks, 23, of Arlington, Va. were arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct. All suspects are currently being held without bond.

  • Captain Obvious

    Alliteration FTW!

  • drax

    It was citizens expressing their OUTRAGE at the approval of that building in Courthouse.

    • Reality Bites Drax

      Evidence please! Citizens? You are making assumptions without proof. (No soup for you.)

      • drax


  • Herman

    Silly names FTW!

    • malaka

      They were obviously very drunk and the cops just took down the names as they heard them.

  • James Moron

    Ah, those Snguon brothers. They were probably debating which group lived further away and whether 395 or 66 was the fastest way back to Sterling or Centerville.

    • Ashton Heights

      It’s the 66, of course, I bet you an assault by mob. Man, that must have been quite a Tet offensive.

      • Dr Seuss

        It’s just 66. Go back to California! haha

        • Josh S

          Omigod, yes! I’m even from California and I can’t stand this inane and unnecessary addition of the word “the.”
          It’s a southern California thing, by the way, so don’t go blaming us Northern Californians.

          • drax

            Now I know who to hate for that.

    • fedworker

      Or debating which Macy’s has a better selection of flip-flips, Ballston or Landmark?

  • James Moron

    I guess Mitchell got Khlocked.

  • Sean

    You mean there was a big fight on their cheap beer night? Whatever could have started it?

    • Arlington, SSR

      Supposedly they’re stopping the $2 Tuesday all day special as of tomorrow.

      • CW

        They must have heard the news then. I’d wanna fight too!

      • novasteve

        For real? 🙁

  • AP

    WTF, is this Arlington, or Phnom Penh?

    • drax


  • James Moron

    Those Snugons have a history of nogoodness (BELOW FROM 2011)

    Arlington man charged with drug possession in M.Park

    An Arlington man was charged on Thursday morning with drug possession following a traffic stop in a Manassas Park shopping center, police said.

    Police pulled over Vireak Snguon on Andrew Drive, in the Manassas Park Plaza shopping center at 3:17 a.m. and allegedly found marijuana in the car, Manassas Park police spokeswoman Karen Barton said.

    Snguon, 28, of the 5300 block of South 12th St, near the Leesburg Pike shopping center, was released from the scene and given a summons for possession of marijuana and has a court date of Sept. 8.

    Manassas Park police did not provide a mugshot of Snguon.

    • Chris

      Right, because pot possession is such a horrible offense

    • C mcc D

      I’m sure this was a completely different Vireak Snugon. It’s rather like John Smith….

  • dingdingding

    my understaning is that they were discussing the pros and cons of a streetcar….

    • OH TRUE


    • Steve


  • NoVapologist

    I’d like to buy a vowel Pat.

  • Ben

    Where are the Molotov Cocktails when you need them?

  • Oslo

    I think that’s a different Vireak Snguon.

    • BBMS


    • DaLaw

      So could Vireak Snguon sue the poster or ARLNow for defamation?

      bonus que … what’s up with the police blotter not using middle initials?

      • Josh S

        Bonus what.

      • drax

        Vireak Snguon could sue, but not Vireak Snguon.

  • Les Snooks

    “Nobody wanted to cooperate with police.”

  • John

    It wasn’t even $2 Tuesdays.

    • Arlington Taxpayer

      1:35 AM on Wednesday morning is right around last call for $2 Tuesday.

  • South Awwlington

    oh me…me…me!!!

    Reason 1,000,567 to tear down that $hit hole mall.

    • Steve


  • ClarenDude

    Brah, where was Trev?

    • Southeast Ben

      He was taking panty photos beneath the table

    • Penrosey

      He was busy studying law

      • MC 703

        Is he still in the slammer?

  • Zimmie_Lawyer

    As long as it’s been disclosed that there was a conflict, we can ignore that there was a conflict. Right?

  • KathyInArlingtonVA

    Everyone, this is the best Comment section I have ever read here. Thank you all for the laughs.

    • Mark P

      clearly you need to brush up on the Trevor posts… 300+ hilarious comments each

  • Chief Wiggam

    I broke this news in a comment posted last Wednesday.

    You’re welcome.

  • badonkadonk

    Held without bond!?! Seems excessive for a bar fight, and especially for those only charged with misdemeanors (assault by mob)

  • J. T. Kirk

    I think Tuesday is Tribble night at Bailey’s, and nothing starts a good Klingon fight quicker than Tribbles.

  • MC

    This place is a crime den. It’s liquor license should be revoked.

    • Arlington, SSR

      What makes you say that? I’ve been going there for years and have never seen anything resembling crime. Drunk idiots yes, but no crime. Unless you’re talking specifically about the after-midnight crowd, with which I am unfamiliar.

  • John Andre

    Maybe they were protesting against the Columbia Pike trolley.

  • Parkington

    Typical North Arlington.

  • Addison Heights

    I know, we’ll just subsidize their housing in Arlington. It’s the right thing to do.

  • Larry

    They were fighting because one of them suggested Va Tech wasn’t the best program in the country. Them’s fighting words at Baileys

  • ALEXandria

    I was there the previous Tuesday night and a huge fight broke out then, too. The security guards all just stood around while it continued to escalate and just kind of herded the whole group (around 15 guys) towards the back entrance out onto the street. As a girl, I never feel very safe there- that will probably be my last $2 Tuesday at Baileys for a while

    • Arlington, SSR

      They’re stopping $2 Tuesdays as of this week. It’s going to be $3 drafts until 9. Most of the trouble happens late so it should clear up a bit.

  • keepie

    I heard it had something to with kids walking home a full half mile from school

  • ZIP

    Two guys are sitting at a bar. The first one shouts to the other, “I slept with your mother!” The bar gets silent while everyone tries to listen in on the fight. Again, he shouts, “I slept with your mother!” The second finally replies, “Go home dad, you’re drunk.”


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