Navy commander arrested for beating bouncer, charges mysteriously disappear

LCMDR Nevon Burney (Facebook)

A US Navy commander was arrested and charged for a beating inside a DC bar over the weekend.

Police reports say the brutal beating occurred at the 18th Street Lounge in Northwest DC,  during a pre-Independence Day pub crawl.

Nevon Burney is accused of attacking a bouncer early Saturday morning. He allegedly struck Chris Smith in the eye and grabbed him by the throat.  The arrest report says Burney choked Smith until he was almost unconscious.

At least several people witnessed the beating, which was likely caught on camera.  The responding officers were also wearing body cameras so the attack’s aftermath was also likely caught on tape.

The injured bouncer spent the day in the ER recovering, according to the local Fox station.

Burney was arrested and charged for assault with a dangerous weapon. Apparently brass knuckles, a blunt object and personal weapons, were used in the attack.

However, 24 hours after the arrest – Fox 5 reports- the case has “vanished with no explanation”.

The DA says there are no charges against the Navy commander and would not comment further on the matter.

According to a public Navy document, Nevon Burney was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program at the rank of HM2 in 2001.

Burney graduated with a degree in cellular biology from Kansas University in 2003, commissioned by Capt. Richard D. High, KU Navy ROTC commanding officer; surface warfare officer assigned to USS Hawes, Norfolk, Va.

He was commissioned as an ensign in the fall of 2003 and promoted to Lieutenant on January 1st, 2008 (no date listed for LTJG promotion) . On September 17th, 2014 he was confirmed by Congress for the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

He is assigned to the Naval Construction Center in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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