When a man and a woman are convicted of committing a crime together, the dude typically gets the higher sentence. But not in the case of Alfonzo Portugal and Pamela Tolbert. Yesterday, Portugal was handed twelve years for the robbery and beating of a bartender -- but Tolbert had already received a 27 year jolt for an incident that involved a knife, a pool cue and ill-timed urination.
The Pamela Tolbert affidavit in support of a warrantless arrest provides quite a compelling narrative.
Last January, Lakewood police officers arrived at the Cordial Lounge in response to a panic alarm to find some not especially cordial activities underway. Specifically, three people were fighting: the Cordial bartender, plus Tolbert, 34, and Portugal, 38.
In a subsequent interview with officers, Tolbert said the trouble started after the bartender had announced last call. While checking to see if she and Portugal, her boyfriend, wanted one more round, the bartender made "an unsolicited sexual remark to her, which she could not specifically remember," she claimed in the document. Tolbert maintained that she called the bartender a "fucking asshole." Then, after the bartender allegedly "struck her once or twice on the right side of her head with his closed left fist," Portugal tackled the man, prompting a full-on bar brawl, complete with Tolbert whacking the bartender with a stool and a pool cue, the document states.
Oh yeah: An officer noticed that Tolbert's pants were wet. She admitted that she pissed herself, insisting that she has a bladder issue.
A bigger problem? The Cordial's surveillance video, which told a completely different tale. In it, the bartender could be seen counting money at the cash register when Tolbert came up from behind and attacked him, according to the affidavit. She struck him and also held a knife to his throat, eventually taking cash from the register that was located in her dampened pants. As noted in the narrative, a melee followed in which Portugal punched the bartender while Tolbert clobbered him with a pool cue until the bartender managed to take the stick away from her -- at which point she got another one and started in on him again.
Page down for a potpourri of additional information, including two images from the surveillance camera, mug shots of Tolbert and Portugal, the entire affidavit, and a release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, which provides one additional factoid: Tolbert's conviction was her sixth of the felony variety -- and she was on parole at the time of the assault.
Jefferson County District Attorney's Office release:
Prison for Boyfriend/Girlfriend Robbery and Assault Duo
A 38-year-old Edgewater man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for his role in a robbery and aggravated assault of a bar owner January, 2010.
Alfonzo Anastacio Portugal, 38, and his girlfriend, Pamela Rene Tolbert, 34, were drinking at the Cordial Lounge at 15th and Pierce, in Lakewood on January 15. At closing time Tolbert came up behind the owner of the bar as he was counting money. Tolbert came up from behind him and attacked him. A fight began as the bar owner tried to defend himself. Portugal grabbed the bar owner and began to punch him. As the melee continued, Tolbert grabbed money from the cash drawer, holding a knife to the bar owner's throat. During the course of the robbery Tolbert grabbed a pool cue and repeatedly struck the bar owner on the head and shoulders.
The entire attack was captured on the bar's security surveillance video.
Portugal pled guilty to Aggravated Robbery, a class three felony, on September 9, 2010.
Co-defendant Pamela Tolbert was sentenced to 27 years in prison on June 24. She pled guilty on May 17 to Aggravated Robbery, a class three felony, and Second Degree Assault, a class four felony.
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