Suspect in Five Points attack, owner of popular bar has been released from jail
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The owner of a popular bar in Five Points who is a suspect in a violent attack that was caught on camera and shared through social media has been arrested.
Daniel Halsey Wells, 29, was taken into custody and booked Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He has since been released as of Friday afternoon. He is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said Wells turned himself in early Friday morning.
At a bond hearing, a judge set a $50,000 bond for Wells and will allow him to travel to Massachusetts to visit his mother and special needs sister. Wells is not to contact the victim or the victim's family. He is required to pay ten percent of the total bond, which is $5,000, to get out of jail.
Wells declined to comment during the hearing.
Police were looking for Wells following the March 19 incident outside the Carolina Pour House on Harden Street. CPD confirmed that a business license and other documentation lists Wells as an owner of the Carolina Pour House.
Wells stands accused of putting the victim, Ryan Chisolm, 21, in a choke hold, rendering him unconscious and then throwing him to the ground. Chisolm was seriously injured in the case, losing several teeth and suffering a broken jaw.
Chisolm said he was trying to prevent a friend from getting involved in a fight when the attack happened.
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Chisolm said he had never seen the man who attacked him until he regained consciousness at the hospital. That stranger, though, is now a part of his life every day as he is reminded of the painful injuries he now has to deal with.
"All my teeth when it hit the concrete, it just got pushed up in my gums. It looks like my teeth aren't there but they're pushed up in my gums. One tooth is actually fractured and I have to get that removed," Chisolm said. "I fractured my jaw, that night in the hospital, I got about 13 to 14 stitches inside of my mouth, outside of my jaw, under my chin."
Chisolm, an IT major, is scheduled to graduate in December, but he says the incident has put his school career on the line.
"I'm on pain medicine, sometimes I get a little droopy. I can't stay up to do my work. I can't drive while on the medicine," he said.
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Chisolm says he is not backing down and has hired Orangeburg attorney and state Rep. Justin Bamberg.
"What this individual did was commit a crime and he needs to be charged and Pour House needs to be held responsible," Bamberg said. "There's a new bartender in town and her name is Lady Justice and she serving up shots of justice and those will be served with no chaser."
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