updated: March 19, 2006
Tim Catella is a bouncer with a checkered past. He was working with Darryl Littlejohn at The Falls bar the morning of Feb. 25th when Imette St. Guillen was escorted out of the bar by Littlejohn. CBS-TV reports that he is a key prosecution witness:
what makes Catella crucial to the case is that he said that Littlejohn was the only person who led the victim out of the bar.
CBS 2 Investigates confirmed that like Littlejohn, Catella was working at the Falls Bar even though he has a criminal past.
Catella was arrested and charged in April 2001 with two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Sources said that Catella beat a man with a bat and a flashlight. In a plea deal, one of those charges was dropped, and he was placed on three years probation.
By law, both Littlejohn and Catella are required to be licensed to work as bouncers, while Littlejohn never had a license, at one time Catella did, but it expired in 1997.
Remember last month Darryl Littlejohn told NY Daily News reporter Veronika Belenkaya that he felt close to the people he worked with at The Falls bar. He said: "we're like a family."
Yes, real close like a "crime family." Just like a good foot soldier Catella kept his mouth shut until it was in his own interest to talk. The Dorrian family as ring leaders. Jack Dorrian as paternal godfather.
BostonChannel.com - Indictment May Be Near In St. Guillen Case:
A grand jury in New York may be getting ready to hand up an indictment in the slaying of Boston native Imette St. Guillen...
The panel of 23 men and women has been hearing evidence against Darryl Littlejohn over the past few days. If an indictment is handed up, it will not be unsealed until the district attorney returns from vacation.
NY Daily News - Forensic whiz is on Imette case:
Retired NYPD criminologist Nicholas Petraco, 58, has been probing hairs and fibers linked to the brutal rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen since her battered corpse was found in Brooklyn on Feb. 25.
[Petraco] is a nationally recognized forensic expert whose work could prove integral to prosecutor Ken Taub's case against Littlejohn.
A co-author of several books on crime scene investigations who has testified in high-profile cases, Petraco helped cops remove evidence from The Falls a few days after St. Guillen's murder...
‘Shut The Falls,’ protesters say after murder [Downtown Express]
Time to shut off The Falls [The Villager]
The New York Post reported -BRUISERS & BOOZERS AT CLAN'S WILD PUBS:
Bouncers at Dorrian family bars have roughed up customers - with co-owner Michael Dorrian getting into the act once by breaking a patron's ribs, The Post has learned.
In three recent lawsuits, three men and a woman say they were abused by staff at two Manhattan bars owned by the Dorrian family, which runs The Falls.
Some more Dorrian history, from The New York Times, Nov. 25, 1987 - License Is Suspended At Dorrian's Red Hand:
The New York State Liquor Authority voted yesterday to suspend the liquor license of an Upper East Side bar, Dorrian's Red Hand Restaurant, for 10 days and fine its owner $1,000 for serving alcohol to minors.
The bar, at 300 East 84th Street, was the focus of wide publicity in August 1986 as the place where Jennifer Levin, a teen-ager, spent time with Robert Chambers Jr. hours before she was killed in Central Park. Mr. Chambers has been charged in the death.
The Liquor Authority's five commissioners unanimously found that Dorrian's had served liquor to two people under 21 in November 1986, an agency spokesman, Richard Chernella, said.
The bar's owner, Jack Dorrian, denied the charge and said he would appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court. He suggested he had been persecuted because he had used his $650,000 East Side townhouse to secure $150,000 bail for Mr. Chambers.