'They're not Steelers fans,' Harmony police chief says of men charged in sports argument-fueled bar fight

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Three people are recovering from stab wounds after an attack at a Beaver County bar and restaurant this weekend that resulted in two arrests.

Michael Landeros, 37, and his nephew, Armando Encinas, 23, were charged in connection with the stabbing and fight at Ba'Runi Bar and Grill in Harmony early Sunday morning and remain in the Beaver County Jail today.

The encounters first began Saturday night.

"These two were in the bar, and during the three or four hours, had several conversations with a lot of people ... specifically sports-related," township police Chief Jim Essek said.

One conversation involved a bar customer wearing LeBron James' Miami Heat apparel: The men told the person only Michael Jordan should wear the No. 23 because he's the "greatest ballplayer," the chief said.

Others hit close to home.

"They're not Steelers fans," the chief said.

Later, a customer heard the men make a threat to two other men sitting across the bar. The customer went back to tell his brother-in-law, who went to the bar and confronted the men about 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

Mr. Encinas then started swinging something before a customer knocked him to the ground. Both men had knives, but police believe Mr. Encinas actually stabbed the three men and that Mr. Landeros assaulted only one of them.

"We're lucky it wasn't a gun," the chief said.

About 15 patrons were able to restrain one of the men and pin him against the wall with a chair.

Wounded were customer Tim Edwards and restaurant owner Alex Barlamas. They have been treated and released.

Employee Robert Gavula was stabbed five or six times and was in serious condition. He remains in the hospital, Chief Essek said.

Mr. Landeros is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Mr. Encinas is charged with two counts of attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.

One man said he'd moved here recently, and at least one said he was staying with someone in Baden. The men also mentioned they're from Maryland, the chief said.

Police plan to review the bar surveillance video to determine exactly how the events played out and said there possibly could be more charges.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. First Published October 7, 2013 12:09 PM


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