Goshen bar raid yields 200+ citations and arrests

By: Ryan Famuliner Email
By: Ryan Famuliner Email

Goshen police, with the help of county and state police forces raided the bar, "7 Segundos," on 3rd St. in Goshen Saturday night, after months of complaints about illegal activity.

There were between 200 and 250 citations and arrests as a result of the raid.

Police say they found a large number of juveniles under the age of 21, and many under 18 in the bar.

They were cited for illegal entry to a bar, and some for illegal consumption of alcohol.

Meanwhile, police also found drugs inside, and “several” people are now in the Elkhart County jail on felony charges.

Those who live and work near the bar say it's about time.

“About every weekend we've been hearing the bass through the walls and just really loud music. The loud music I don’t mind very much its just feeling the bass is the biggest part I was worried about,” said Timothy Strycker, who lives across the street from the 7 Segundos with his wife and 20-month old daughter.

So, for neighbors, the raid is a relief.

“Yes I am glad they’re doing something about it. We hadn’t said anything before, but we'd thought about contacting someone and letting them know about it,” Strycker said.

Meanwhile, other neighbors had complained regularly.

Police say the raid came after 10 months of complaints of criminal activity.

Businesses that share the parking lot say it had become a concern.

“About every weekend there's a policeman or two trying to break things up and there’s fights going on. So its a lot different crowd coming in then what we have at Constant Spring, it makes it a little dangerous and sketchy,” said Emily Stutzman, who works at “Constant Spring,” a neighboring bar.

The citations and arrests for underage drinking, drugs, and other charges; don't seem to be unexpected.

“Those were some things that we'd heard that were kind of going on, and from different things that we've seen, I wasn’t surprised at all,” Stutzman said.

Those who say they're tired of wild weekends, hope they'll finally have some peace and quiet.

“Glad that they stopped it, it’s just the bass and the fighting and the drugs that were going on, it’s just not acceptable,” Strycker said.

WNDU wasn't able to contact anyone from 7 Segundos for comment Sunday.

Neighbors say the bar hasn't been there too long. They think it opened sometime around October of last year.

Police haven't provided any specifics yet on what kind of trouble the club may face after all this.

Those we talked to who were there Saturday night say people were all over the street and roads were blocked off; including a section of Main Street.

The bar is downtown, just a few blocks away from the county courthouse.

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