Rhino Club owner says his bar not the problem downtown

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three throwdowns downtown over the weekend have Wilmington Police busy. Cops continue to investigate fights that left three people bloodied and battered. One of the fights was inside City Limits Saloon. The other two were outside the Rhino Club and Side Bar. Now the Rhino’s owner is defending his club.

Wilmington’s downtown bar scene has been known to get a little out of hand at times, and that was the case this weekend. Brandin Roberts, a Marine visiting from Jacksonville this weekend, was cut several times on his face with a razor blade after he left the bars. The incident happened near a parking lot on Market Street, right next to the Rhino Club. Sean Tobin owns the bar at 125 Market Street.

Tobin feels he’s also now a victim of these incidents, saying he’s received bad media coverage because of incidents that happen around his club and not inside his club. Tobin would not go on camera with WWAY, but said, “What I want to know is why my club is being targeted? I’m going to be straight forward with you and ask if it has anything to do with us having black customers. The comments on your website make references to thugs and fights happening inside my bar, but this fight did not happen inside my bar. I’ve done everything in my power to protect my customers. WWAY is targeting my bar for whatever reason, and it’s not fair.”

Tobin denies his club is the problem, but police reports his address as the site of the slashing and other crimes over the last several months. Tobin says he’s done everything he can to protect his customers by increasing security and adding new cameras and lights. Wilmington Police say Tobin has fully cooperated with the downtown task force when asked to make changes to his bar for the safety of customers and others in the area.

Wilmington police say the fights this weekend were very violent acts of crime, that tend to happen when people are heavily intoxicated.

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