2 sent to hospital after brawl outside Coventry bar

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men are recovering from injuries suffered in a brawl outside a Coventry bar early Wednesday morning.

According to police, several people called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. reporting a disturbance at JW’s Pub on Washington Street.

Officers arrived on scene to find a crowd so large they were forced to call for backup from West Warwick, West Greenwich, and Rhode Island State Police.

Police said the two men were found lying on the ground, suffering from facial injuries.

The victims were transported to Kent Hospital for treatment. One was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital because he had a serious head injury police weren’t aware of at first.

Police said the injuries are not life-threatening.

As the two men recover, investigators are searching for the assailants. Police are not sure how many people in the crowd were involved in the fight.

Don Busald, who lives next door, said he believed it was the first disturbance of its kind at the recently opened pub.

“That’s the first time I think the police have been called,” said Busald. “But like I said, they’ve only been open a couple of months.”

“I just hope they get this squared away because we don’t need this in our town,” he added. “It’s a quiet town and we’d like to keep it that way.”

Eyewitness News contacted the bar for comment but the owner wasn’t available.