Molly's Bar Manager Arrested and Charged With Assault

May 16, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 16, 2014 Updated May 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Jeffrey Basil, 35, of Amherst, surrendered to Buffalo Police last night in the company of his attorney.

Basil, who is no relation to the Basil Family Auto Dealerships, was booked and appeared in City Court this morning. He is being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court again next Friday at 10am for a Felony Hearing.


BUFFALO (WKBW) Eyewitness News was the first to bring you the details that two officers were being investigated along with Molly's Pub over a weekend assault at the bar.

Now Molly's Pub has been shut down after a local airman was badly beaten and thrown down a flight of stairs according to police. Bill Sager, a crew chief at the Niagara Falls Airbase, remains in the hospital after he was found unconscious on Main Street in the University District early Sunday morning.

Police sources tell us there were two Buffalo Police officers at Molly's that night, working off-duty as bouncers. It is illegal for police officers to work in liquor-licensed establishments in New York State. Chief Dennis Richards would not comment on if the officers were involved in the assault.

Richards cited a city ordinance that allows the police commissioner to close establishments like Molly's given "an emergency."

"It's believed that a 28 year old individual was pushed down a flight of stairs inside the bar. And what we're doing is trying to get to the bottom of exactly what took place, how it took place, who is involved, including the presence of two Buffalo Police officers who are now on paid administrative leave," Richards said.

Buffalo Police are asking for the public's help and for anyone at Molly's or who witnessed what happened to come forward, especially with video or photo evidence.

Sagar remains in critical condition at ECMC. Sources say the FBI has been contacted regarding this case because of the presence of police officers. Molly's is currently closed.