From the Drunk People Doing Stupid Things department: Today the Orlando Police Department released a report of an incident that happened at 1:39 a.m. at Roxy Nightclub on Bennett Road. Apparently, an off-duty police officer working at the club was approached by some patrons who told him that an injured person was lying in a stairwell – he had either fallen through the ceiling, or a piece of the ceiling had fallen on him. The officer went to check it out, and he says he found 19-year-old Justin Daniel Ponce on the ground with a broken leg and bleeding from his head. He smelled of alcohol.
Reportedly, he asked police what happened, and when they investigated the area, they found evidence that the ceiling had probably not spontaneously collapsed onto Ponce – it was obvious, they said, somebody had been crawling around in the ceiling and fell through. It seems Ponce was unable to make a statement, and no witnesses could readily be found. The report says there was $4,000 worth of damage to the club's ceiling and the club estimates that it lost $5,000 in revenue for the night because police cleared the club for the night. Roxy's manager, Mitchell Faber, told police the club would press charges – if police can get a clear picture of what, exactly, happened. The case was forwarded to OPD's criminal investigations department.
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