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Bar owner arrested after fight breaks out

The owner of a bar in Hilmar was arrested Monday for failing to call law enforcement after a fight broke out at his bar.

Baljit Singh Athwal, 30, of Hughson, was arrested by Merced County Sheriff's deputies when a fight occurred at the Brown Jug, a bar at the 8000 block of Lander Ave. in Hilmar, according to the sheriff's department.

Chad Monroe, 28, of Hilmar, was also arrested for his alleged participation in the fight. Monroe struck another man, knocking him unconscious, the sheriff's department said. The victim suffered a concussion and stopped breathing for a short time.

During the fight, several customers told Athwal to call the police, but Athwal refused. Athwal was arrested on a charge of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, according to the sheriff's department. Monroe was arrested on felony battery charges and was released on $10,000 bail.

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