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Bridgeport Bar Closed In Underage Drinking Probe

Bridgeport City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons speaks at a recent press conference on city ordinances proposed in the wake of arrests for underage drinking at a bar popular with Sacred Heart University students.
Bridgeport City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons speaks at a recent press conference on city ordinances proposed in the wake of arrests for underage drinking at a bar popular with Sacred Heart University students. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- A Bridgeport bar popular with college students has been shuttered by the state after its license was suspended for allegedly selling alcohol to minors, according to a report by The Connecticut Post.

The Golden Star Café on Main Street was raided recently and dozens of underage patrons from Sacred Heart University were rounded up and their fake IDs confiscated, according to a report on the Daily Voice.

Meanwhile, two veteran Bridgeport cops are on desk duty while they are investigated for allegedly violating Police Department policy, according to a Daily Voice report.

Police told The Connecticut Post that officers Chris Smith and Andrew Talavera were working security at the cafe when it was raided on April 5.

According to The Connecticut Post report, Police Chief Armando "AJ" Perez said it is against department policy for officers to moonlight as bar bouncers.

According to a Daily Voice story, the city is weighing two new ordinances to protect college students and safeguard neighborhoods in the wake of the raid and the reported sexual assault of a 19-year-old Sacred Heart student.

The victim had met 39-year-old Alfonso Reid of Bridgeport outside the bar and she had gotten into his car, apparently thinking that he was an Uber driver, media reports said.

Police told the Daily Voice that Reid was charged with first-degree sexual assault after he was accused of driving the teen to his Scofield Avenue home and attacking her.

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