Bottle Throwing and Bar Fight in La Plata on New Year’s Eve Leads to Arrest for Two Men

January 8, 2019
Garry Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf, and Timothy Ross Thomas, 34 of Colonial Beach

Garry Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf, and Timothy Ross Thomas, 34 of Colonial Beach

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack, responded to Vinos Liquor Store in La Plata for the report of a fight in progress. The caller stated a large group of patrons were actually fighting and throwing bottles.

When troopers arrived on scene, the fight had already ended and the parties involved were already separated from one another. One of the liquor store employees pointed out to police a black male subject, later identified as Gary Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf, who was supposedly involved in the fight.

Queen told police that he was at the bar with his wife when he was randomly assaulted by a group of black males. Queen stated that he was “sucker punched” and bottles were thrown at his wife for no reason.

Police asked Queen who was responsible for the assault and he pointed to a heavy-set black male, later identified as Timothy Ross Thomas, 34 of Colonial Beach, who was sitting on the pool table.

Thomas told police that Queen was arguing with the bartender, yelling, cursing, and agitating other customers at the bar. Thomas stated that he walked over to Queen to talk to him and to get try to get him to calm down and that he started arguing with Queen because he was rude to him (Thomas).

While police were speaking with Thomas a white male came out of the manager’s office with gauze wrapped around his head and blood covering his head and face. It was learned that the male had been struck in the head with one of the liquor bottles that were thrown across the bar. EMT personnel were notified of the male’s injuries and responded to the scene.

Police viewed the security camera footage and were able to see that Queen was the reason the whole fight started. Both Thomas and Queen made several attempts to approach each other, but other patrons kept continued to separate them. During the shoving and yelling, Queen inadvertently bumped into Thomas’ wife which infuriated Thomas even more than before.

During this altercation a black female approaches Queen and strikes him in the face. At approximately 1:26 a.m. Thomas grabbed a cup of water and threw it at Queen. Thomas then grabbed a beer bottle off the bar counter and threw it across the bar in Thomas’s direction. The white male was standing between Thomas and Queen and was struck by the bottle.

It was also learned during the investigation that Thomas and the white male were acquaintances and Thomas had hit the male accidentally with the beer bottle as he was aiming at another individual.

Thomas was arrested and charged with affray and assault-first degree. He was released a short while later on a $25,000 bond and is due in district court on January 29, 2019.

Queen was arrested and charged with affray, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. He was released a short while later on his own recognizance and is due in district court on March 12, 2019.

Timothy Ross Thomas, 34 of Colonial Beach

Garry Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf

Garry Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf

Garry Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf, and Timothy Ross Thomas, 34 of Colonial Beach

Garry Phillip Queen Jr, 41 of Waldorf, and Timothy Ross Thomas, 34 of Colonial Beach

 

32 Responses to Bottle Throwing and Bar Fight in La Plata on New Year’s Eve Leads to Arrest for Two Men

  1. Rob Stark on January 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Vino’s wasn’t so bad until the trash started ruining it

  2. Confused on January 8, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    So the first person to throw a punch was the female? And if Queen was the reason for the fight, why wasn’t he charged with assault like the other guy? Sounds like there was some pushing and yelling and the others took it to a new level. What a mess.

    • Home Body on January 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

      Yeah. Lookin at the outcome here, it seems like something aint right:

      “Police viewed the security camera footage and were able to see that Queen was the reason the whole fight started”

      Unless they put more weight on this:

      “Thomas then grabbed a beer bottle off the bar counter and threw it …. The white male was standing between Thomas and Queen and was struck by the bottle”.

      Better off to stay home and party with your wife, then to expose yourselves to the risks of injury, crime, and all this mess.

  3. Nick papa on January 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Knew Tim Ross from colonial beach. Was always a cool dude shocked he is accused of this. Sang tenor in church choir

    • Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 7:25 am

      Yeah right.

    • Nacho papa on January 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      …and throws bottles in drinking establishments.

  4. Bebop on January 8, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    The notorious thug mugshot head tilt.

  5. chuck on January 8, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    black drunk badasses

  6. Tarrik on January 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    It’s his fault! No it’s his fault! ok well then here is a bottle!. BONK ! Now you all go with the PO PO !!

  7. Anonymous on January 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    calling 911 on 01-01-19 eh? It was past 1:19, but before 9:11? what about 191 the liquor board should allow those that come before it with fines to pay the fines to charity. Who do the fines go to? Who are the fines payable to? Anyone who goes before the liquor board should ask them if the fines can be paid to charity and get them on the record about it. Anyone who goes to court should be asking if the fines can be paid to charity, also, and get the judge and the SA on the record about it.

    • Wiggy on January 10, 2019 at 5:11 am

      Put the pipe down.

  8. Nick on January 8, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    And a good time was had by all!
    What a way to start the New Year.

  9. Anonymous on January 8, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Smh…bunch of drunken idiots who cant even have a good time!

  10. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Thomas is one of the greatest people the world coukd ask for so to see this is a total shock. I personally feel this was no Tims fault he would help a person befor he hurts a person so i know this goy had to have done somthing next level to get Thomas to react in that manner. I cant say anything bad about this guy bec he has talked to a few ppl that were going threw a few things such as my brother and a friend of mine years ago from committing suicides and if it wasent for him telling my brother and i his story we would not be here. He is totally an amazing person. I saw him the other day but he didnt see me and he walked in the restaurant and there was a young girl about 2yrs old and her mother sitting in the restaurant trying to get warm and he ate his food came back to the counter and paid for this kids lady to eat and asked my manager if she could deliver the meal to the lady and her daugther after he left because he didnt want any recognition from the lady. He politely left and the lady went looking for him. He is truly a beautiful person.

    • I don't usually bar crawl on January 9, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      “…Thomas is one of the greatest people the world coukd(sic)ask for…”

      Except when he is drinking…and/ or being disrespected?

      • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 10:38 pm

        Tim dosen’t even drink he goes to vinos because he’s really good friends with the owner and the owner asked all of the vets of the bar to come in and support the new years eve party but Tim only comes in to play keno and to give us all a good laugh. He’s a very good guy and actually one of the best guys ive ever met. So u should really not judge this guy because he’s a very upstanding guy.

  11. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 1:44 am

    The guy Gary is a known woman beater

  12. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 1:50 am

    This is crazy the guy Thomas is a great person he’s a very humble person and could talk anyone with a bad day off the edge. He’s truly amazing and ive herd he has book coming out. So u guys can call him what u like but this guy is going to be famous really soon with his story. So to the ppl that are talking bad about him u guys have no clue the person he is.

    • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      A book on…what:
      – Overhand or Sidearm: Best way to throw a beer bottle
      – What to do when disrespected
      – New Year’s Eve tips: celebrating with unfamiliar aquaintences

  13. Heyoooo on January 9, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Grimace has fallen on hard times. Maybe Ronny MacDonald will give him a job making fries

  14. Anonymous on January 9, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    to think 1 guy is good and the other is bad when it was some trifling girls that started everything. Even before the 2 guys had there incident Garry was actually trying to stop the bartender and a customer from goin at it and the bartender was disrepcetful then ppl who didn’t know what was really goin on popped off. The 1 guy that everybody wanna critize and called the bad guy was the only one that didn’t even throw a punch or swing at anyone. It’s called fact checking. 2 trashy girls who egging the situation and a side WITH A BLUE SHIRT wanna sucker punch a guy who was just trying to leave the situation

    • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 4:09 am

      Thomas and Gary were separated before the bottle was thrown. Thomas was trying to calm Gary down because he was upset about something that occurred with the bartender. Unfortunately things were said that caused Thomas to get upset. These girls (one of them happened to be Thomas’s wife) kept on trying to entice Gary into a fight. The person who threw the punches was a different person not mentioned in this article. Thomas got upset because he thought Gary was going at it with his wife, when it was actually the other way around. Even after the 2 were separated multiple times the two females wouldn’t stop going after Gary, which is what lead to the bottle being thrown.

      • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

        So, the women should have been arrested. Got it.

  15. Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Why is a Liquor Store open at 1:30 in the Morning?

  16. Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    The thomas guy took his charge like a man and didnt give the police any information/names of the others that were fighting but the Gary guy straight snitched and pointed fingers when the police cam. I know this because i was there

    • Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      You were not there, because I would have saw yo

  17. Anonymous on January 10, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Actually according to several ppl that was there a police made comments suggesting it was the other way around and everything was thrown onto Mr queen by the other party Sooooooo let’s not be bias or 1 sided. I wasn’t there ima b honest but I did my research and what was stated in the official news report above and other comments was not completely accurate especially from ppl who was there drinking and intoxicated. Everyone has there own version always.

    • ------- on January 11, 2019 at 8:18 am

      It is “biased”. B-I-A-S-E-D. Biased. I am so sick of morons trying to sound smart and not putting the “ed” on the end of “biased”. How dumb does it sound to say “the bartender was bias”. What? “The bartender was biased” is what you mean. Would you say “Kevin punch the other guy”? Of course not, “you’d say “Kevin PUNCHED the other guy”. Why is it so hard to know bias from biased?????? Christ. Now pass this on to all of your moron friends. And while you are there, also let them not that a “looser” isnt the opposite of a winner

      • I know I'm right on January 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm

        No he would say, “Kevin punch the other guy”… that’s how he do

  18. Love on January 13, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Timmy sneaky and really is a evil person

  19. Anonymous on January 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    U sound like ur very bitter and have some hate towards Tim lol. Tim has always been a great guy and will help other in anyway. Oh and PS ur a female that her probably ditched and im sure many other men have ditched u to. Sounds like u need a life Miss. Ur definitely a single female or better yet a mother who probably cant keep a decent man or better yet get one. Im standing up for Tim whoever u are bec he’s definitely a great person and a very wise young guy.

  20. Anonymous on January 14, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Thomas has been there for me and my family in so many ways and has a great way of talking to ppl if they have a problem. So to see this and read the comments its crazy to read some of the things I’ve read bec it is totally wrong. Very helpful, loving, encouraging and respectful.