Man Arrested for Assault at Local Bar Should Have Bond Revoked, Say Prosecutors
ASHEVILLE – Federal prosecutors are calling for the revocation of the bond of a defendant involved in the January 6 Capitol insurrection after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a local bar. The defendant, Alan St. Onge, had been out on bond since his arrest in June but was taken into custody again on November 23 for assault on a female, simple assault, and driving while impaired.
St. Onge pleaded not guilty to the charges on August 21. However, Assistant U.S. Attorneys now argue that he should be jailed “pending resolution of his case.”
Assault at the Bar
The incident took place at the 27 Club on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. According to police reports, St. Onge was seen harassing a woman in the bar. When the woman rejected his advances, he approached two other individuals and made inappropriate comments about her, asking them to bet on “who would (expletive) her first.” When the woman asked him to stop harassing her, St. Onge threw an ashtray at her, hitting her in the chest. He then proceeded to punch her in the throat, causing scratch marks, bleeding, and bruising. When another individual intervened, St. Onge pushed him to the ground and began kicking and stomping on his chest.
Witnesses called the police, and St. Onge fled the scene in his vehicle. He was later arrested for driving under the influence, as well as two moving violations. Police were able to identify him because he had paid his tab at the bar with a credit card and presented his ID.
Bond Revocation Motion
The prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke St. Onge’s bond due to the new assault charges. They argue that his actions at the bar demonstrate a clear disregard for the law and a potential danger to the community. If the bond revocation is approved, St. Onge will remain in jail until his case is resolved.
St. Onge’s attorney, Renae Alt-Summers, has stated that she intends to file a response to the motion. A ruling on the bond revocation will be made by U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Nichols for the District of Columbia.
Capitol Insurrection Charges
In addition to the assault charges, St. Onge is also facing charges related to his alleged participation in the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Prosecutors claim that he used his body to push against a metal barricade, attempting to breach the police line. St. Onge was indicted on July 19 for felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident.
Other Cases Related to the Capitol Riot
Several others from Western North Carolina have also been charged for their involvement in the Capitol riot. Thomas Gronek was arrested on January 5 for carrying a rifle outside his home in violation of a D.C. gun law. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served and a fine.
Cleveland Grover Meredith threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and was found in possession of an assault rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition. He received a prison sentence of over two years.
Lewis Easton Cantwell pleaded guilty to obstructing officers during the January 6 attack and was sentenced to five months in prison.
Notable figures with ties to Western North Carolina, such as Mark Meadows and Sidney Powell, have also faced legal consequences for their alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the Georgia presidential election results.
Former Congressman Madison Cawthorn delivered a speech to Trump supporters before the attack. Although a lawsuit was filed to prevent him from appearing on the ballot, it was dropped after he lost the Republican primary.
This article was written by Joel Burgess and originally appeared in the Citizen Times. Contact Burgess at email@example.com, 828-713-1095 or on Twitter @AVLreporter.
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