Man allegedly vandalized Red Carpet in St. Cloud to avenge brother killed at bar

Ringwelski still hasn't forgiven The Red Carpet for his older brother's 2005 death.
Ringwelski still hasn't forgiven The Red Carpet for his older brother's 2005 death.
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A witness saw 24-year-old Joe Ringwelski smashing a window at the Red Carpet nightclub Sunday morning around 9 a.m. Ringwelski, however, had no intention of breaking in.

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Instead, a post on his Facebook account pointed toward Ringwelski's real motivation: "Tomorrow it will be 8 years since I have had an older brother. He was killed after being brutally beaten by the bouncers at the Red Carpet/Keller Bar."

Ringwelski's brother, Justin Smiley, died on April 26, 2005. He never came out of a coma he entered earlier that month when a Red Carpet bouncer who was restraining him cut off oxygen to his brain.

According to a 2005 KARE 11 report, Smiley, a 28-year-old father of two, was kicked out of the bar while he was out celebrating his daughter's two-week birthday and his upcoming graduation from St. Cloud Technical College. Smiley was visibly intoxicated and tried to reenter. Witnesses said he punched the bouncer, leading to the altercation that ultimately cost him his life.

The bouncer lost his job at the Red Carpet but was found not guilty of manslaughter.

According to the St. Cloud Times, Ringwelski faces a felony criminal damage to property charge for breaking four windows worth $2,500 each on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, a picture of his brother recently posted on Facebook bears the following caption: "RIP Justin Smiley. I love and miss you very much."

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