Suspects in deadly Olmsted Township bar fight appear in court

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Frank Castrucci, 28 (Photo Credit: Family)

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Two people arrested in an Olmsted Township bar fight over the weekend appeared in court Monday.

Stacy Reed and Joseph Veselenik face charges in the case.

Reed and Veselenik are charged in the stabbing of a bartender during the fight and not the death of Frank Castrucci, 28, who died outside the bar.

Olmsted Township police are still investigating how he died.  No arrests have been made in connection with his death.

Atty. Stephen McGowan who represents Veselenik says his client has no criminal record and is grieving the death of his friend. He said the two were friends for a long time

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office says the autopsy will be done Monday.

Both Veselenik and Reed pleaded not guilty. Reed's $1 million was continued. Veselenik's bond was also continued at $1 million.

Police were called to Falls Lounge at the corner of Bagley Road and Stearns Road in Olmsted Township 1 a.m. Saturday.

The FOX8 I-Team obtained 911 calls from the incident. A 911 caller can be heard telling a dispatcher that a person wearing a mask came into the bar and stabbed a female bartender. The caller said he and another person were able to hold the suspect down until police arrived.

Another 911 caller said he was driving by and saw a large group of people fighting in the parking lot. He also said somebody was on the ground and getting kicked.

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