Arrest in Beating Case at Vice Lounge

Brian Palma

Johnny Lopez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice Lounge, located at 1251 Arroyo Way in Walnut Creek was the site of another arrest last night. According to the Walnut Creek police:

On 12/31/11 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Firefighters from Station 1 came upon a beating victim near Arroyo Way and Civic Drive while on an unrelated call for service. The Firefighters began treating the victim and flagged down a passing patrol car. The victim advised he had been pistol whipped by a group of unknown subjects who ran off. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and located two suspects in a nearby stairwell. Security staff from VICE Lounge assisted officers in identifying the suspects.

During the course of the investigation probable cause was developed that linked the two suspects to the beating. The two were identified as Brian Palma and Johnny Lopez. Both Lopez and Palma were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Officers did not locate a firearm but did find a bloodied metal object that appears to have been used in the assault.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening head injuries. Both suspects were taken to Martinez County Jail where they are being held on $50,000 bail.

There were several people in the area during this incident. Walnut Creek PD encourages anyone with information to contact us at (925) 943-5844.

  • Christina Velasco

    Things like make feel so sad. I hope the victim recovers quickly. Thanks for the news update.

    Has anyone ventured downtown on a Friday or Saturday night, let’s say between 10 PM and 2 AM? It’s like a totally different city (and I don’t think I’m exagerating that much). I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many patrolling officers — they even have a paddy wagon!

    • http://beyondthecreek.com Beyond the Creek

      Interesting, I didn’t know that. One of these days I’m going to stop by Vice to get some photos. I have a feeling this won’t be the last incident there.