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Man Drags Woman Out of Fagiani's Bar, Napa Police Say

A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after allegedly assaulting a woman at a popular downtown Napa cocktail bar and restaurant, according to police. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

A downtown Napa address that was made notorious by a rape-murder in the 1970s was reportedly the scene of another assault on a woman over the weekend:

Nickolas Robert Thurston, 24, was jailed Saturday after he allegedly assaulted a woman, pulling her off a barstool and onto the floor before dragging her out of Fagiani's on Main Street, according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department:

On 12-8-2012 at about 2120hrs officers observed a verbal fight in the 800 block of Main Street. Thurston was contacted. He was with the victim who he has been dating for several months. Thurston had walked up to the victim sitting on a bar stool at Fagiani's. He pulled her off of the stool, onto the ground and dragged her out of the restaurant. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

Thurston was booked at the Napa County Department of Corrections on suspicion of domestic battery and false imprisonment, police said. 

Arrest information does not indicate a conviction. For the latest reports on crime and arrests in the Napa Valley, please see our Police & Fire section, available from the News tab above and at napavalley.patch.com/police-fire.

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To read more about Fagiani's, please see:

  • Part 1: Inside the Fagiani building
  • Part 2: Inside the Fagiani building
  • Guilty Verdict in 1974 Bar Murder
  • Life Sentence in 1974 Bar Murder
  • Napa Cop Digs Into Old Murder and Mayhem Cases
  • Fagiani's Returns to Main Street
  • Raising the Bar: Opening Night at Fagiani's in Napa (Photo Gallery)
  • Fagiani's and The Thomas: A Night in Photos from Downtown Napa
  • Napa's The Thomas Launches Weekend Brunch
  • Fire at Fagiani's Contained to Stove
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    Belle (Orchid Lady) December 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
    Time to kick him to the curb. Domestic violence only escalates, it never gets better with out serious intervention.
    Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    After I posted this I started thinking about how depressing it is that violence against women appears to have returned to this bar; so I added a new lead sentence and tagged onto the end some links to past articles we have published about the Fagiani building.
    Nikki Dunn December 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM
    You do a great job Louisa!!!
    Jennifer Wesley December 10, 2012 at 09:20 PM
    Oh my goodness. If I had seen this I would've intervened. The behavior demonstrated by this "man" is inexcusable. I hope the victim in this case sees this as a wake up call and kicks this guy to the curb. There are much better examples of men out there. A real man, a GOOD man, would NEVER treat a woman this way. Please know that there is a man out there for you that will treat you right. He may take a while to find you, but once he does this other jackass will be a distant memory.
    Lorie December 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    I wonder "who" will bail him out...YIKES!
    Nikki Dunn December 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
    Sad but I'd bet on the victim who bails him, happens all too often
    Scott Yeager December 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
    One would hope not.
    Belle (Orchid Lady) December 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
    Maybe that's one law we could get behind? If a person is the victim of domestic violence, there are witnesses, then the victim should be prohibited from bailing out the batterer.
    Nikki Dunn December 11, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    That would be a great law but if the victim wants to be together with the abuser they will find a way. It's a sad, messed up world we live in.
    Mary Richardson December 11, 2012 at 06:12 AM
    So sad. Perhaps Fagiani's needs an effective bouncer at the bar?
    Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    Here's how I see it differently: Being victimized should not also rob someone of her right to freedom of association—which, although it is not named as a Constitutional right in itself, has been ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court to be an essential element in guaranteeing our freedom of speech.
    Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    Let me try that again with fewer typos: I have worked in a bar where beatings and kickings were not unusual. Anger can be lightning-swift when it strikes, so a bouncer at a nicer place like this might not necessarily see something like this (alleged act of violence) coming.
    Lorie December 11, 2012 at 02:12 PM
    Unfortunately there will be no guarantee that the ABUSER will stay locked up long enough for the victim to recover from "Battered Person Syndrome" (if such was the case). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battered_woman_defense [I believe here's where the "system" fails when it comes to abusers, drug dealers, child molesters, etc.] What's the minimum/maximum sentence that an ABUSER will -and should- spend locked up for this kind of crime? In addition, a judge should mandate these people to register as a "BEATER" similar to a "sex offender registry"...and then, make sure to advise any sons, daughters, friends and family to look it up before going out on a [death] date.
    Scott Yeager December 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
    You don't know if the guy has anger issues or if he has anger issues and was drunk. Or he could have been just drunk. Booze makes people do stupid things and when some people drink they turn into a completely different person. I worked with a guy who was the nicest, mellowest person in the world, but when he drank he turned into an aggressive and loud idiot who wanted to fight. He told me this himself. It's why he didn't drink anymore.
    MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    Over service? No not at a Downtown Bar
    MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    This Address is a menace to the city budget.First the fore Dept now the police and jail. The place was better off locked up
    Ash Leigh December 11, 2012 at 09:35 PM
    The Thomas does have a bouncer at the door. Other local "night" establishments are starting to have private security as well. Now, Downtown Joe's needs a bouncer or security, with the amount of heavy fights that goes on there!
    Paul Haidet December 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    Yes, the violence against women is on the rise, it's time we put a stop to this! Paul http://www.sillysignsomg.com
    Paul Haidet December 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
    I would have intervened as well, Jennifer. There is absolutely no excuse for physical violence, period! Thanks for the comment! http://www.sillysignsomg.com

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