EXETER TWP., Pa. - Police are looking for a man in connection with an assault involving a gun outside the Liberty Taproom in Exeter Township.
It happened on Nov. 2 in the parking lot of the popular neighborhood spot on Butter Lane. Owner Tony Reber said it's primarily a restaurant with a bar specializing in craft beer.
"The bulk of our clientele is over the dinner hours," Reber said.
Reber called the incident disheartening and said confrontations like that aren't typical.
"This is he first time we've ever had an incident where somebody pulled a weapon," Reber said.
He said his staff told him the argument started inside, but it escalated once a few people left the building.
"At some point in the night, words were exchanged," Reber said. "We did try to have one party exit separate from the other party."
Outside, a man pulled a gun on two women, police said.
"There was a struggle," said Sgt. Sean Fullerton, Exeter Township Police Department. "[There was] some pushing, some shoving and one of the victims was pistol-whipped with the gun that came out."
ETPD has identified one of the male suspects and has potential leads on the other man's identity.
"In cases like this, when we really do need that second person, possibly a violent person, identified, we're absolutely going to ask for the public's help on that," Fullerton said.
Reber is taking the situation very seriously. He said the taproom has a zero-tolerance policy for people acting inappropriately.
"We have put additional security measures in place, particularly during the evening hours, to try and deter this as much as possible," said Reber.
Exeter police said they don't usually get calls like this at the Liberty Taproom and are working with staff to identify the other person involved.
If you know who the person is or have any information that could help police, you can contact Exeter Township police at 610-779-1490 or send a private message through Facebook, referencing case #19-5465.
You can also submit a tip to Crime Alert Berks County by sending an anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.