Reggie’s license suspended, bonds in Madison Brooks rape case suspended

State officials are suspending a Tigerland bar’s liquor license after reports a 19-year-old LSU student drank heavily there before being raped and then fatally hit by a vehicle.

It is a absolutely heartbreaking story we’ve been following since it was reported that LSU student Madison Brooks was hit by a car in the middle of Burbank Drive in the early hours of January 15.

Less than 24 hours later, we learned that Brooks had died as a result of a gunshot, but her unfortunate fate seemed shrouded in mystery as many wondered why she was wandering the streets at this hour.

On Monday (January 23), new details added a disturbing twist to an already tragic story WBRZ reported that 4 suspects had been arrested and have been charged in a rape investigation as authorities claim Brooks was sexually assaulted before she was dropped off near where she would be fatally hit by a car.

Investigators also revealed all incidents were reportedly preceded by a night of heavy drinking at Reggie’s Bar in Tigerland.

In addition to 19-year-old Brooks, three of the four suspects were all under the legal drinking age but consumed alcohol that night, authorities confirmed during the investigation. One of the suspects was a 17-year-old boy who wasn’t even old enough to be in the bar.

the 17 year old, along with 18-year-old Kaivon Washington, allegedly had sex with Brooks in the back seat of a vehicle after taking her from the bar while the other two suspects were in the front seat. After she had sex with Brooks, the suspects dropped her off near a subdivision on Burbank Drive “just before she appeared to be running into oncoming traffic.”

Along with THC found in her urine sample, East Baton Rouge community officials said Brooks’s blood alcohol level was close to 0.319 percent “quadruple legal driving ban for an adult”; enough to cause alcohol poisoning and render her unconscious.

Within 24 hours of the new details of Madison Brooks’ death being reported, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) announced that it was removing Reggie’s Bar’s liquor license “immediately” due to the seriousness of the allegations uncovered at the arrest Search warrants and “potential threats to public security” would be collected.

The Louisiana ATC is working with Baton Rouge ABC and local law enforcement to investigate and share evidence related to recent incidents at this facility. Due to the severity of the allegations and the possible threat to public safety, an emergency lockdown will be imposed today. This promotion immediately suspends the serving or sale of alcoholic beverages at that location. An emergency hearing will be held next month to determine what penalties (if any) should be imposed once the evidence is presented.

Reggie’s then issued a statement, claiming they would continue to work with investigators and officers just as they have “since they first requested assistance with their ongoing investigations.”

According to the WBRZ report, Reggie’s previously had its liquor license suspended by ATC in 2017 after authorities caught underage patrons drinking at the popular Tigerland bar.

In addition to reports of the emergency ban on Reggie’s liquor license, there have also been new developments regarding the four suspects. A separate WBRZ report says bail has been posted for all four suspects arrested in connection with the rape investigation following the death of Madison Brooks.

On Tuesday, a judge issued bail to all three adult suspects on condition they remain under house arrest and wear ankle monitors. Carver is being held on a $50,000 bond. Lee is held on $75,000 bond and Washington on $150,000 bond.

Sources told WBRZ on Tuesday that the 17-year-old’s court hearing has been postponed until next month, meaning he will be in juvenile prison for weeks.

The report also said the NAACP is “working with prominent Baton Rouge attorneys” representing two of the suspects who claim there is “video evidence disproving claims that Brooks was raped.”

While defense attorneys believe the video evidence taken by the suspects will prove that she was coherent and that her clients should not be charged with rape, before setting her bail, a judge reviewed footage filmed by one of the suspects, which didn’t seem to be working in their favor based on his statements.

19th Circuit Judge Brad Myers said he viewed video made by one of the suspects before setting bail. He noted the video showed the suspects laughing “uncaringly” as the young student slurred her words in the car, but didn’t show the attack. Myers says he also viewed video from Reggie’s Bar near LSU, which showed the student tripping, falling and needing help to get up prior to the sexual encounter.

Myers said combining the video footage with testimonies gathered by investigators only convinced him a crime had taken place. Prosecutors are reportedly aiming to upgrade the third-degree rape charge to first-degree rape and convene a grand jury on the case.

While bail was posted for three of the four suspects, placing them on house arrest with permission to go only to work and visits with their lawyers, the 17-year-old suspect’s pre-trial hearing has been postponed to February and he will remain in court next week in juvenile prison.

Check out the full stories here via WBRZ and WAFB.

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