Local bar sued by men who claim illegal gaming made bar target for armed robbery

Kyle Barnett Aug. 27, 2012, 12:43am

GRETNA – Two men are suing a local bar for injuries they claim occurred during a robbery by unknown individuals.

William J. Barrett and Gary Fleming filed suit against Mama's Place, their insurer and three unknown men in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 26.

The plaintiffs claim they entered Mama's Place on July 26, 2011 with the intention of drinking beer and playing pool. The plaintiffs allege that the three unknown individuals committed an armed robbery on the premises when Barrett was struck in the head by one of the robbers with a firearm, which have resulted in physical and mental injuries, and Fleming was injured emotionally when one of the men held a firearm to his head. The plaintiffs assert that it was well-known within the community that football pools and an ongoing dice game, both utilizing large amounts of cash, were allowed on the premises.

The defendant is accused of not providing adequate security given the amount of money being exchanged in the "questionable" games.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for injuries and medical expenses.

Barrett and Fleming are represented by Metairie-based attorney P.M. Donovan.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 717-465.

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