(Hidden Valley, Ind.) – A motorcycle gang is being investigated for a brutal attack on a patron at a local family restaurant.
Willie’s Sports Café on Schmarr Drive in Hidden Valley was full of customers – some of them children – Thursday evening when the attack took place just before 8:00 p.m.
Officers and deputies from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Hidden Valley Rangers, Greendale Police Department and Indiana State Police responded to a report of a fight involving several subjects from the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club. The outlaw biker gang is notorious for violence and drug dealing.
According to Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens, the responding officers located the 45-year-old male beating victim outside the restaurant near it’s volleyball court. He was bleeding from a laceration over his eye.
“Witnesses stated that several men attacked the victim and then left the scene prior to officers’ arrival,” said Deddens.
The victim has not been named publicly.
The police response forced the restaurant to shut down temporarily Thursday night.
“It’s disappointing that these individuals would carry out an attack like this in a family oriented setting with children present. We can assure our citizens that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in our community,” said Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office investigator Shane McHenry.
The case is under investigation by the Dearborn-Ohio County Special Crimes Unit. No arrests have been announced. It is unclear if investigators have identified any suspects.
Anybody with information on the attack is asked to call the Dearborn-Ohio County Special Crimes Unit at (812) 537-3571.
Steve Van Wassenhove is the owner of Willie’s Sports Café. He tells Eagle Country 99.3 his entire staff is shocked and deeply saddened by the incident last night.
“We are a family restaurant and have never witnessed anything like this in the 12 years we have been operating. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim of this senseless attack that took place outside the restaurant. We will be working closely with police to help with their investigation and to ensure that an incident like this never occurs again,” said Van Wassenhove.