A man sustained minor injuries Saturday evening after being thrown through a plate-glass window during a fight at Roxy’s Island Grill, a Hawaiian barbecue restaurant located at the Safeway-anchored shopping center Canby Square on the southwest end of town.
Canby Fire emergency medical technicians responded to the scene and the man was taken to the hospital. Canby Police also responded, but no arrests or citations were made Saturday night.
Police were unable to provide details about what led to the incident that night, and a representative of the restaurant also declined comment. The investigation was ongoing as of Tuesday morning, and police say they have more interviews planned for this week.
At this point, investigators have confirmed that the victim and suspects came to Roxy’s from Pat’s Acres Racing Complex, lending credence to early rumors that the fight had been over race results at the well-known go-kart track.
However, a representative told the Canby Now Podcast Tuesday that they hadn’t hosted any races that weekend.
“We had a drift event, so there wasn’t any competition. But sometimes, there is beef between drivers for some reason,” said Dalton Egger.
He said he had not heard about the fight at the restaurant Saturday, nor was he aware of any such incidents or disagreements at Pat’s this weekend.
“That’s very unfortunate for Roxy’s, and we absolutely do not appreciate our drifters causing problems for other people,” he said.
Saturday, May 23, was the first day restaurants, bars and other establishments in Clackamas County could begin opening for dine-in service after the Covid-19 shutdown, arousing some concerns that the incident stemmed from the new safety guidelines or other coronavirus-related tensions, but that does not appear to be the case.
“Nothing has come up in our investigation regarding social distancing or masks,” Canby Police Lt. Jose Gonzalez said. “Our detectives don’t believe the victim and suspects knew each other. But we are still investigating the case.”