Authorities investigating assault of pregnant Buckeye Lake bartender


Catelyn Itunin has worked at Louie's Corner House since March. After Wednesday morning, she says she might not go back.

"You really don't know the people you come in contact with and what can set them off," she said.

Tuesday night, around 11:40 p.m., she says a man and a woman walked in.

"He's like, I'm gonna need a bunch of double-doubles and keep 'em coming because I'm about to go on a long road trip," she said.

At first, Itunin says she wasn't going to serve them, thinking they'd had enough to drink already.

"It's really hard because based on your judgment is if someone gets in a car crash and it's your fault," she said.

She says the couple said they were only joking, so she gave them one drink each.

Believing they had had enough to drink, and because it was a slow night at the bar, Itunin decided to close the bar for drinks.

"He's just like 'Can I have a beer?' and I was like 'No, you can't'," Itunin said.

She says the man followed her back to the bar.

"He told me to get the [expletive] up and get behind the bar and serve him a shot and a beer because it wasn't 2:30 a.m. yet and I'm the bartender and I'm supposed to listen to the customer," Itunin said.

That's when she says the woman got in her face after crossing the threshold to the bar.

"I said you need to leave," Itunin said. "I said you're not allowed back here and I said I'm pregnant."

Itunin is six months pregnant with her third child.

"And, that's when she started just punching me in the face," she said.

Itunin says she tried to turn her back to the blows and put her arm over her stomach to protect her baby.

"When you endanger my life but not infant's's not OK," she said.

The Licking County Sheriff's Office confirms a report was filed. Sheriff Randy Thorp says investigators feel confident about the identity of the woman. She has not yet been arrested.

"That right there scared me the most," she said. "That someone had no regard for someone's life that they could just, even though I told her I was clearly pregnant, she could just start hitting me."