Man faces battery charge after assault at Texas Jay’s that could result in loss of license

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- A 42-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges for an incident that happened on April 2nd at Texas Jay's Gentlemen's Club located near W. National Avenue and S. Kinnickinnic Avenue in Milwaukee. A Milwaukee Common Council committee has recommended that the full committee pull the license for Texas Jay's as a result of this incident.

Juan Contreras

Juan Contreras

Juan Contreras faces one count of substantial battery (substantial bodily harm with intent to cause bodily harm).

According to a criminal complaint, Milwaukee police officers on April 2nd were dispatched to the Texas Jay's Gentlemen's Club on S. 1st Street for a report of a fight that they learned happened around 2:00 a.m.

Officers learned through family members of the victim, Jeremy Calteux, that Calteux had been punched by someone at the bar, and he had fallen and hit his head on a door frame and a concrete floor.

Calteux was taken to the hospital, where it was learned he had suffered a skull fracture.

Texas Jay's

Texas Jay's

Officers spoke with a manager at Texas Jay's, who indicated he had witnessed the fight. This manager told police one of Calteux's friends had become "very belligerent" when he couldn't locate his credit card. The manager tried to tell Calteux's friend that he had already closed his tab earlier in the night, and one of his friends was holding onto his credit card for safekeeping. The manager said Calteux's friend "continued to yell derogatory names" at the manager and other Texas Jay's staff, and the man's friends tried to escort him out of the bar. The manager followed to ensure they left.

The complaint indicates this man was able to break away from his friends, and he swung a punch at the manager but missed. At that point, Texas Jay's staff intervened and tried to keep the man under control.

Police were able to obtain a warrant for surveillance video from Texas Jay's, and that video was obtained by officers.

Below is surveillance video of the assault. NOTE: This may be disturbing for some. Viewer discretion is advised.

That video shows that while the man with the credit card issue was struggling with Texas Jay's staff, Calteux walked calmly over to the area, and appeared to be trying to reason with the man as staff members worked to get him out of the bar. As Calteux was walking to the area where the struggle was happening, a bar patron wearing a dark shirt was seen putting an arm up to impede Calteux from getting any closer.

The Texas Jay's manager was able to identify that bar patron as Juan Contreras, a regular at Texas Jay's.

The complaint indicates the video shows Calteux appearing calm, and trying to reason with everyone involved in the struggle.

Shortly after Contreras allegedly put an arm up to try to stop Calteux, the video shows him punching Calteux in the head, according to the complaint.

Calteux then fell to the ground without the ability to brace himself. The video shows Calteux appearing to hit his head on a doorway and again on the concrete floor as he fell.

Texas Jay's

Texas Jay's

The man with the credit card issue then squared up against Contreras and that man was punched on the side of his head by a different man who had been involved in the struggle, according to the complaint. The man with the credit card issue also appeared to lose consciousness, according to the complaint.

The video shows bar staff dragging the two unconscious bodies to the front entrance of the bar and left them for several minutes until they regained consciousness, according to the complaint.

"Skull fracture, hemorrhaging on the brain. He was in ICU for four days and he was in the hospital for 11 days total. And he developed Bell's Palsy," Lynette Zaragoza, Calteux's mother said.

Police say Texas Jay's never reported the assault. During a hearing before the Milwaukee Common Council's Licensing Committee Tuesday, May 31st, the attorney for Texas Jay's said bar staff were asked by Calteux's friends not to call police -- that he was OK and just drunk.

But Calteux's attorney says bar staff had an obligation to call for an ambulance.

Texas Jay's

Texas Jay's

"Jeremy truly was an innocent victim," said Attorney Christopher Stawski. "He did absolutely nothing wrong that night."

Contreras is set to stand trial in this case. He has a final pre-trial hearing set for July 13th, and a jury trial set to begin in August.

"Jeremy's been very damaged both physically, financially...and I think psychologically," Stawski said.

On Tuesday, May 31st, the Milwaukee Common Council's Licensing Committee recommended the full Milwaukee Common Council suspend Texas Jay's operating license for 90 days -- virtually shutting it down.

The full council will vote on June 14th.

If the committee recommendation is upheld, Texas Jay's will have the right to appeal the decision.

5 comments

  • truth hurts

    Fry that other beaner that sucker punched the other dude too and add a hate crime enhancer.

  • Judas Priest

    Now that we know the bald cocaine Cowboys name, he better pray prison finds him before we do. That’s right Juan, the brotherhood is coming for you, you have a debt that we are going to collect Herman

  • Brendan

    Patrons are always so quick to point the finger at the establishment. Lets diamiss the fact that he CHOSE to get physically involved in the altercation. He was pushing the patron and we have no odea about words exchanged. The staff was trying to act according to protocol. These guys were CLEARLY overly intoxicated and fighting with fellow patrons. In my eyes, when you choose to get involed physically, all bets are off. Why punish the establishment when 2 groups of customers are the ones fighting? I hate to see anyone get severly injured. But that’s the risk you take when you decode to take measures into your own hands. Problems aren’t allowed to be handled the right way any more because of these types of people who have no business getting involved and then getting hurt.

    • Juan

      I guess you didn’t watch the Video, this place has had multiple incidents including drug dealing and prostitution. So yeah shut the Sh!thole down. This place has been a burden on this Community for way to long send them along with their human trafficking , drug dealing, and abuse to the curb. buh- Bye 🙂

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