Crime

May 11, 2014

Suspect drops in at bar - from the ceiling

A Fort Worth suspect who fell through the ceiling at a bar Saturday night told witness he had been hiding out there for hours.

A Fort Worth suspect dropped in at a bar Saturday night — literally.

“I had just walked away when I saw a foot coming out of the ceiling,” bartender Christine Scarbrough said Sunday. “Seconds later, here came the rest of the body landing on the bar. At first I thought it was a worker, but then I remembered it was Saturday night. I yelled at him a couple of times and told people to call 911.”

Lacey Boyd Gregg, 44, of Fort Worth told witnesses that he had been hiding from police for hours before he fell through the ceiling into the bar at Oscar’s Pub, 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd.

“He landed on the bar, walked on it a bit and then jumped off,” customer Jay Zaskoda said Sunday. “I told him, ‘You know cops are going to arrest you.’ ” He said Gregg seemed “dehydrated.”

He asked for water, and customers and employees watched him in the bar’s kitchen until police arrived at around 10 p.m.

Scarbrough and Zaskoda said he told them he was “the guy that the [police] helicopter had been after earlier in the day.” Witnesses said police had searched the area at about 5 p.m. Saturday looking for a suspect. Police would not say what that suspect was suspected of doing.

A police report identified Gregg as the suspect in the ceiling incident and said he was arrested on charges of burglary of a building and criminal trespass in that case, as well as outstanding warrants for theft and a probation violation.

According to Tarrant County records, he has a long criminal history that includes drug possession and burglary charges.

Oscar’s Pub owner Robbie Turman said Sunday that he didn’t know how Gregg got into the ceiling.

“I have owned a bar for 15 years and I’ve never heard of someone falling through a ceiling,” Turman said. “It was a big hole.”

Scarbrough said the bar was packed, but no one was hit by debris. Oscar’s opened for business as usual Sunday.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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