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A.J.'s Seafood owner, staff arrested at restaurant

Alvin Adams

Alvin Adams

Albany, Ga. — Alvin Adams, owner of A.J.'s Seafood and Oyster Bar was arrested Thursday at his restaurant, along with the manager and a waitress, police officials say.

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Timothy Banthongsack

Tammy Jones, a witness and first-time customer at the restaurant, said a "panhandler," later identified as Timothy Banthongsack of 3621 Council Road, came into the restaurant and was soliciting money from customers when employees asked him to leave. Banthongsack is described as a 22-year-old black man in jeans and a tee shirt.

Jones, who was there with her brother Darryl Jones, an off-duty detective with the Albany Police Department, said "racial slurs" were used in the staff's demand for Banthongsack to leave. Jones said that when the panhandler was walking out, a waitress, identified as Kaylene Bridges, gave him a push toward the door. Banthongsack then turned and told Bridges "you don't have to put your hands on me." While Jones feels that Banthongsack should have left the restaurant as soon as he was asked to, the staff's actions crossed the line, she said.

"It wasn't handled properly," Tammy Jones said, "The young man was willing to leave the premises and said so. If the waitress (Bridges) hadn't left her post and shoved him toward the door when he was leaving, he wouldn't have turned and asked her why she'd touched him."

Tammy Jones said she felt it was Bridges' shove which incited the aggression of other staff members toward Banthongsack.

"They were beating him and kicking him on the floor of the restaurant," Tammy Jones said, "and then they dragged him outside and beat him some more. A man from Macon intervened and restrained (Banthongsack) and while he was holding him they were still beating him."

In the police report, Bridges was quoted as stating that Banthongsack "went crazy" when asked to leave and that she was unaware of how the fight started.

According to the police report, another employee of the restaurant, Angel Patton, stated that Banthongsack had been "screaming all kinds of nonsense" and saying he was being discriminated against, racially. At one point Banthongsack threw his hands into the air and everyone "fell to the floor," Patton told police.

Jeremy Hancock, 30, manager of A.J.'s told police that he had asked Banthongsack to stop asking customers for money. According to Hancock, Banthongsack refused to leave the premises and continued to solicit customers. At that point Hancock called 911, he said, and began to back Banthongsack toward the door. Hancock said that when Banthongsack protested verbally and physically pushed restaurant owner Adams, that's when Adams threw Banthongsack to the ground, where they exchanged punches.

According to Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, Adams, 60, and a waitress, Kaylene Bridges, 23, were taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. Hancock, was also taken into custody and charged with interfering with a city officer.

The victim, Timothy Banthongsack, was observed to have a "knot" on one side of his face and a scratch on one forearm, officials said.

While Banthongsack had given his address to the APD as 3621 Council Road, Dougherty County police report that he was arrested for criminal trespass at that same address several hours after the restaurant incident. After the arrest he was transported to the Dougherty County Jail, police officials said.

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Jimboob 12 months ago

So... It's OK for bums to go into your business and bother customers here in Albany? That's sure to draw in more business. No wonder this town is dead.

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hotdog 12 months ago

No but the racial slurs were wrong too

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jglass 12 months ago

I would like to know the WHOLE story and not just the story from the media. Jimboob, I am just amazed that someone is allowed to do this. I think the business owner had the right to get that person out of his restaurant. Sad though that the owner and employees were the ones that were arrested. I hope a customer within AJ's will come forward and tell the truth about what really happened. Just absolutely STRANGE!!!!

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ustink 12 months ago

But does that give a person the right to put their hands on another? I can guarantee that the whole storyis not being told, only assumptions being made.

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Phinizy3 12 months ago

Oh No,No,No! I know Alvin Adams personally; and, I can assure that if Alvin got involved in an altercation with a vagrant "panhandler" in HIS restaurant, then he must have had a very good reason. Most likely this individual was bothering HIS customers on HIS property. Most likely this individual did not leave Mr. Adam's business when he was instructed by the owner to do so.

Alvin Adams is a long standing, successful, respected, tax paying, multi-business operator and property owner here in Albany. He certainly deserves considerable respect from City law enforcement and officials with the City of Albany. Let's not make it even harder to do business in Albany than it already is.

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waltspecht 12 months ago

Wonder which Lawyers were there to wittness the incident, and claim the client? Sure smells like an out of court settlement to me.

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ittybittyme 12 months ago

I have had these bums come into my family business and not leave when asked. Yes, I called the police and they took their sweet time responding. It was crazy. We(me, my customers, and staff)had to leave the premises so we would be safe and not have any type of altercation with this bum. The police did nothing to this bum when they arrived and investigated. There better not be a next time, I plan on staying in MY business and defending myself, customers and employees.

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VSU 12 months ago

That bum should have been arrested for trespassing, loitering or something. Where's Barney Fife when you need him? (Rest his soul) For sure he would have arrested the bum for vagrancy & loitering. Barney didn't mess around, he even arrested Mayor Pike for vagrancy & loitering. I don't know the full story, but I am sure the owner had a good reason for kicking the bum out.

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KaosinAlbany 12 months ago

There is no panhandling law, thus that is the REAL problem. Please City of Albany, for the betterment of this town, businesses and customers get a panhandling law and have the police enforce it.

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jglass 12 months ago

So, there are at least two different stories. We will never really know what happened.

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matt1010 12 months ago

well at least we know when its a black on white crime...we know not call them.....call the sheriffs office.

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Abytaxpayer 12 months ago

By what right does a 22yo male have the right to enter a business to solicit customers without permission of management? Why does an owner or manager not have the right to remove an unwelcomed guest from their business, even by force if necessary? So now is every business in Albany going to be required to hire armed guards to protect their employees and customers?

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VSU 12 months ago

Nightclubs and bars have bouncers, I guess now businesses will have to hire bouncers.

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MRKIA 12 months ago

LET THIS AIR OUT A LITTLE MORE, THE WHOLE THING STINKS. IN THE NARRATIVE, THE STATEMENT OF THE WITNESS IS UNCHALLENGED.

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Wryone 12 months ago

I know Alvin Adams and grew up with him. I stand with Alvin and his employees. He is a standup fellow with a track record of accomplishment. I would take his word over that of a panhandler (probably with a criminal record) all day long. I can't fault him for looking out for his business establishment. No customer wants to be harrassed by a bum at a dinner table, the bum may have a gun or knife. This is Albany, afterall.

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ustink 12 months ago

Let's not make judgements on someone, saying they probably have a criminal record. If it was the other way around you probably wouldn't say anything.

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Wryone 12 months ago

If it looks like duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...it's probably a duck. Or do you not understand that? Judgements are different than supposition. Can you comprehend that?

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Abytaxpayer 12 months ago

So why does an off-duty detective with the Albany Police Department, hearing "racial slurs" by staff while they are struggling to get this man to leave just sit on his butt? Interesting Google history!

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Jacob 12 months ago

Why did the "detective" sit there on his hands and do nothing until it got out of control. I wonder if the business owner is considering suing APD for his lack of action. Albany's finest.... LOL

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MRKIA 12 months ago

ANOTHER REASON THIS WHOLE THING STINKS.

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Abytaxpayer 12 months ago

Why? Easy answer......He saw no evil until his sister heard those evil whites with their "racial slurs". All of Albany’s panhandlers know you either pull on sympathy strings or you use intimidation to make people uncomfortable so they give you money to go away.

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ustink 12 months ago

Remember people, god created all equally. so as far ascalling him a "Bum", this shows your true character and who you are. If you were not there then you really cant say. I agree know one should be allowed to disturb anothers business. Tell me something,why are some calling him a "bum"? Maybe he doesn't have a job because, ummmm lets see... around here in Albany, most people are judged by the color of their skin. That's why Albany is dead and people are going elswhere to live in harmony.

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Jax 12 months ago

That is brilliant! Unemployment is high because of racism.

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Sister_Ruby 12 months ago

Homeless guy has just found the new SOWEGA scam scheme. Beware, business owners!!

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ittybittyme 12 months ago

Bye bye, Tammy...first time and hopefully last and only time customer...of course you are going to use race to excuse this man's behavior and why was Daryl sitting on his behind and not helping out restaurant staff...never known any off duty officer in any city I have lived in or spent time in to be so apathetic....shame on Tammy and Daryl, both. As for your accusations of a beating of this panhandler, I think you are a liar. Me. Banthonfsack does not have any visible scratches bruises or bleeding in his mugshot...imagine that!

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FryarTuk 12 months ago

Vagrants panhandling in private establishments is surely against the city ordinances. I am certain that Hostel Postell, Bobby Jr., Christ the Piker, Climbing Ivy Hinds and Milktoast Mayetta agree. They are the top Albany panhandlers.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 12 months ago

This seems to be Albany, Georgia at its finest. Why can't people here move past race? I don't mean one particular race either.

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bigbob 12 months ago

Because the biggest problem with albany is a racial problem.

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WTFwtf 12 months ago

Ok the guy trying to run a biz or some punk? Which one was probably doing the right thing?

Racial shmacial

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dickyboy 12 months ago

Usually these guys hang around the100 block of N Jackson.. close to the library... of course Blair doesn't see them... let them hang around the 100 block of Washington and they'll be gone..

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RedEric 12 months ago

A high percentage of homeless/vagrants are mentally ill. Getting violent for being kicked out of the resturant probably seemed like an appropriate reaction to Banthongsack. Does the police reaction mean that panhandling is legal and condoned in Albany? It never ceases to amaze me.

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waltspecht 12 months ago

Was A non-solicitation sign clearly posted at the entrance? At what point can physical force be legally utilized? Remember, this is an establishment open to the Public. I believe this is an over reaction on the part of the Police and the owner, staff. I also have a problem with an off-duty Officer not involving themselves before this got out of hand.

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FryarTuk 12 months ago

Perhaps the off-duty officer had a beer and made the best call to keep his distance. Albany is a mendicant city. Once a police officer was told by a street person that our company owed him for a day's wage and wouldn't pay him. The APD officer pulled up in a squad car at the office and wanted to know why the guy was being cheated. No one knew what she was talking about and then the street person rolled in on his bicycle and every one (excluding PO and Lumpy) began to laugh. The fellow had hit us up for money repeatedly without success and after being turned down by one of our employees that morning had threatened to get us for not helping him. The officer didn't see the humor so we told her that if she wanted to use her revolver to shake us down we would give her every cent we had. She caved to the humor and every body went away laughing except the mendicant, Lumpy who was sure he should have been given something. We need a Rudolph Giuliani.

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Jacob 12 months ago

"Perhaps the off-duty officer had a beer and made the best call to keep his distance."

Oh, his public drunkeness excuses his lack of action. Nice.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 12 months ago

Another gem from Jacob the jeweler.

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Jacob 12 months ago

Another astute observation from Mommy's sweet boy. Don't you have a bible to polish or something?

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Oldguy 12 months ago

I have lived in Atlanta and been approached by many of these vagrants. I found that if you politely say no most will leave you alone, the insistent ones always responded to "Get away from me or I will kill you." The Albany Police Department is NOT color blind, many officers simply look out for their own. Look at the ethnicity of the police department and you will know what to expect from them. The detective is sworn to "Serve and Protect" WHY DID HE NOT INTERVEN.

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erock 12 months ago

This guy was looking for trouble, and knew durn well what he was doing. If he wanted to harass folks he picked the wrong side of town to do that on, and certainly picked the wrong restaurant. Physical contact is the only way to get the attention of certain individuals. We should be awarding these folks, not arresting them.

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Sister_Ruby 12 months ago

Is this the new scam for Albany's less fortunate?

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DoctorDorite 12 months ago

Sounds like the cops either arrested too many or not enough, why not arrest the guy from Macon who held the man while being beaten ?? This whole story has holes, off duty cop not helping, brother/sister story different from eveyone elses, tresspasser let go free ??? If this is a case of Albany PD's judgement calls it then has some serious questionable issues.

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WJReady 12 months ago

I believe in stand your ground and protect your property and people as needed and required. Sounds like to me that the staff should have let the guy leave, he was headed out the door, and of course some one had to take it to the next level, that is assault, be glad you only got charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Using profane language and racial insults will certainly escalate the situation and is extremely unprofessional, oh just realized I am talking about Agony, normal way of life.

Now I am sure this whole thing will slowly die on the vine, no harm no foul...

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trudy2 12 months ago

Where are the VIDEOS from all the cameras that customers have ???

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VSU 12 months ago

The bum wasn't there to spend money, he was there to bum money off of the customers causing a disruption. If they asked him to leave he should have left. In my opinion he had no right to be there disturbing the customers. It's bad enough these vagrants don't work to earn their own keep, they have to suck money from working people, who already have enough taxes sucked from them. I guess the guvment is not giving them enough.

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DoctorDorite 12 months ago

If Obama had a son he would look like this young bum, same as Treyvon Martin looked !

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MRKIA 12 months ago

GO SOMEWHERE WITH YOUR B.S. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBAMA OR MARTIN.

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Jacob 12 months ago

Nor did Martin's death, but that didn't stop your hero from interjecting his racist, uninformed opinion, did it?

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Jacob 12 months ago

APD was there, before, during and after. They screwed the pooch on this one at every step. Shame on the so-called police in this town. That "detective" needs to be fired.

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oldster 12 months ago

If indeed Albany does not have a panhandling law on the books, then it would seem panhandlers have the right to go into any and all businesses and ask customers for money. There must be some law somewhere on the books to fix this problem.

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lowercasejesus 12 months ago

Lets be honest. We all know some people know how to act and some people take pride in messing stuff up. If u want to defend those people go right ahead. But call it what it is and stop playing the victim card.

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OUTsiderLookingINalbany 11 months, 4 weeks ago

"While Banthongsack had given his address to the APD as 3621 Council Road, Dougherty County police report that he was arrested for criminal trespass at that same address several hours after the restaurant incident"

hahaha, classic.

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