Ciara Pardue

Ciara Pardue (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman was arrested after police said she and an accomplice brutally beat a local bartender. 

Louisville Metro Police arrested Ciara Pardue, 24, on Monday afternoon.

According to court documents, the incident began during the late night hours of Friday, April 2, at Main Event, a family bowling, arcade and entertainment center at 12500 Sycamore Station Place, near the interchange between Interstate 64 and Blankenbaker Parkway.

Police said the drama started after Pardue's group ordered drinks from the bartender.

"The statement that the victim gave is that there wasn't enough alcohol in the drink and they wanted additional alcohol put in the drink," LMPD Detective Ashley Schaefer said. 

According to police, the bartender told the group there was alcohol in the drinks and she could add an additional shot, but there would be an extra charge. There was a verbal confrontation inside the business, but police said things got physical when the bartender stepped outside for a smoke break and was violently confronted by Pardue.

"She had to have surgery," Schaefer said. "She had metal plates in her face as well as broken bones in her face. And it shows the extent of the injuries ... where it wasn't just a couple of punches thrown between two people that had too much to drink at a bar. She was targeted. She was followed outside and she was brutally assaulted."

Shaeffer said there's also surveillance footage of what happened before, during and after the confrontation.

"It was very helpful, because it showed a lot," she said. "I was able to put together all of the parts from that night and show the sequence of events."

Police said after the attack, Pardue and her accomplice then jumped in a vehicle and tried to drive away, but they were stopped by an off-duty corrections officer, who intervened. That officer was able to get all of the suspects' identifications. 

When confronted, police said Pardue admitted to being involved in the beating but said the bartender initiated the confrontation because she was upset that she wasn't being tipped.

"Either way, whether it was a disagreement over alcohol content or a tip, I don't believe that type of assault was warranted over disagreements over alcohol or a tip," Schaefer said.

The bartender was taken to the hospital. Police said  she suffered a crushed nose, a broken septum and a broken orbital wall. She also sustained four cuts to her face, requiring 12 stitches. She had to have reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her face, with four plates put in her face and eye socket.

As a result of the attack, police said the bartender lost some of the sight in her right eye — which may be permanent — as well as numbness to her teeth and lip.

A warrant was issued for Pardue's arrest, and she was taken into custody this week. She's charged with first-degree assault and currently being held at Metro Corrections.

Pardue's arrest came more than a month after the confrontation.

"This was a very detailed investigation. So, it did take some time," Schaefer said. "I wanted to make sure I had everything before any warrants were sworn out or any arrests were made. I wanted to have all of the information that I could get."

Pardue made her first court appearance Tuesday morning. District Court Judge Julie Kaelin entered a not guilty plea on Pardue's behalf and set a $25,000 surety bond. 

"Do you have anyone willing to post a surety bond for you?" Kaelin asked. "In other words, willing to say to the court that they will owe the court money if you don't come back to court?"

"Yes, ma'am," Pardue replied.

"All right, ma'am. I am going to order you to have no contact with the witness in this case, Rachel Hendricks, as well as no contact with the Main Event," Kaelin said. "And I am also ordering you not to possess any weapons."

Police said they are looking for at least one more suspect in the case. 

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