“Unwanted guest” detained at Tippers by bouncers until police arrive

59-year-old Craig Nedoff was charged with aggravated assault, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia after being turned away from Tippers, then getting detained by security when he reached for a painter’s pole.

On November 27th, Clarksville Police Officer Marcus Onfroy arrived at Tippers, located at 1481 Tiny Town Road, in response to a fight in progress. Upon the officer’s arrival, Craig Nedoff was being detained by Tippers’ security guard Samuel Tramill.

Craig Nedoff (MCSO)
Craig Nedoff (MCSO)

Tramill advised officers of an argument with Nedoff on Monday or Tuesday of the previous week, which made him an unwanted guest at the bar. When Nedoff showed up that day he was turned away at the door. Tramill reported that Nedoff became “verbally combative” as he walked back to his vehicle, and told him to come to the vehicle because he “had something for him.” According to the report, Tramill walked Nedoff back to his Chrysler van while the other bouncer, Rigoberto Francis, approached the vehicle from the rear. The affidavit stated Nedoff opened the door and reached for a Purdy extendable paint pole, but dropped it when he noticed Francis was there as well. Tramill then placed Nedoff in a neck hold until officers arrived.

According to Nedoff, after being turned away at the door Tramill pushed him all the way across the parking lot to his van. Per the report, when Nedoff was in his driver’s seat he reached for the pole because Tramill and Francis were on top of him in the doorway of his van. He claimed he never brandished the pole and Tramill dragged him by the neck to the rear of his van to wait for the police. Nedoff told officers he had marijuana on him before he was searched. Officers found 6 grams of marijuana, rolling papers, and a “single hitter.” Nedoff was then taken into custody.

Craig Nedoff was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $17,500 bond.

Justan Weston

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