A man died early Sunday morning after an incident at Kashmir Night Club in Imperial.
Daniel Romero, 31, was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center about midnight Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Imperial Police Department and El Centro police logs. He was handcuffed on the ground outside the nightclub for allegedly causing a disturbance inside the club before becoming unresponsive.
Officers observed the detained person was unresponsive and injured, according to the press release. Emergency medical services were called and immediate medical aid was given until EMS arrived soon after. EMS began treating the injured person and subsequently transported him to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, Brawley police and El Centro police personnel assisted the Imperial Police Department in a controlled evacuation of the nightclub in an effort to find any other injured people, witnesses and evidence. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
The man was originally brought outside as he was causing a disturbance inside, according to a representative from the club.
Before he was taken outside, several people talked to security guards and the owner because of perceived aggressive behavior, said Kashmir Night Club general manager Robert Prada. Because of the club’s zero-tolerance policy, a security guard approached the man and asked to speak with him outside. Instead the man punched the guard in the jaw, causing a mild concussion and bruising to the face and jaw.
“Our security responded and had the individual outside within 12 seconds,” Prada said. “This is confirmed with video surveillance. And when the individual was outside with Imperial PD present, the individual lost consciousness. This is also verified via video surveillance.
“This was an isolated incident that did not involve any other guests,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the individual.”
The primary concern is the safety of the guests inside, he added. A majority of the crowd inside was unaware that the incident occurred as security took proactive steps to make sure the man didn’t hurt anyone else, he said.
Security did handcuff the man outside, but it was so he would not hurt anyone else or himself, Prada said. Each of the security members has gone through the guard-card process, a permitting type procedure through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in the state Department of Consumer Affairs. A number of them have also provided security for other public events like the fair for years, as well as many of them being bailiffs or other law enforcement employees.
Anybody who may have witnessed the incident or has information about the incident is urged to contact the Imperial Police Department at 760-355-4329.
Digital Media News Editor Elizabeth Varin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-337-3441.
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