Arrest in Assault at Molly's Pub

May 19, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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May 19, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The owner of Molly's Pub on Main St. in Buffalo has handed over his liquor license to the State Liquor Authority for safe keeping pending the outcome of state and criminal investigations.

The probes are looking into the beating of Air National Guardsman Bill Sager, who was attacked inside the bar and found outside by first responders.

Eyewitnesses said Sager was bleeding from the eyes and ears, unconscious, at around 2 a.m.

He remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at ECMC.

Jeff Basil, 35, the manager of Molly's Pub, turned himself in to Buffalo Police over the weekend. He was arraigned Sunday morning on charges that he allegedly attacked Sager and pushed him down a flight of stairs.

Sources said two off-duty Buffalo Police officers were apparently working as security guards at Molly's that night and one of the cops handcuffed the victim.

Both officers are being investigated by Internal Affairs and the FBI.

Basil pleaded not guilty. He was ordered to the Erie County Holding Center on $250,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to return to City Court for a felony hearing on Friday.

Basil is not related or connected to the family that owns a number of local car dealerships.