When a reportedly drunken, underage bar bouncer went looking for the breaker box in a Benson Drive home Feb. 6, he didn't realize he was in the wrong house — the mayor's house.
Just after 1 a.m. Feb. 6, Justin Dakota Gordon, 19, Gordon Circle, walked into Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore's house, thinking it was his friend's house on South Edgewood Drive, and startled Moore and her husband, Bill Moore, by entering their bedroom while talking on a cell phone, according to Statesboro police reports.
He then rambled around their bedroom closet, telling Bill Moore he was looking for the breaker box, reports stated.
The mayor called police while Gordon left the house through the back door. Responding officers found him "hugging a tree" in the back yard.
Gordon, who told police he was a bouncer at Shenanigan's bar, was "very intoxicated and not able to support himself," Statesboro police officer Patrick Webb wrote in reports.
Webb had to help Gordon to the patrol car after he and Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputy Randall Norman took him into custody. They found that Gordon had a fictitious ID card, as well as his own, and when Webb asked Gordon whose ID it was, he said he did not know, reports stated.
Gordon also told police he "had no idea" who served him alcohol but said he was off duty at Shenanigans and was drinking there before leaving and going to RumRunners, another nearby bar. He told police he remembered nothing after that until he was being booked into the jail, Jan Moore said.
Police investigators later cited Shenanigan's bartender Spencer Harrison Gilmore, 19, Rhodes Hill Drive, Martinez, for furnishing alcohol to an underage person, according to police reports.
Jan Moore said Gordon identified himself when her husband followed him outside, and he appeared highly intoxicated. Bill Moore told his wife that Gordon said he was "too drunk to explain" why he was there, she said.
Statesboro's City Council and law enforcement recently have been involved in much discussion over the problem of underage consumption of alcohol in the city. Compliance checks, arrests and citations for underage possession of alcohol as well as serving alcohol to underage persons have become frequent since the Aug. 28, 2014, slaying of Michael Gatto, 18, Elkhorn Court, Cumming. Grant James Spencer, 20, Olympic Boulevard, is held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in Gatto's death.
Spencer, a bouncer at Rude Rudy's, a now-closed bar in University Plaza, was off duty but drinking at the bar when he fought with Gatto, who died a few days afterward in a Savannah hospital due to injuries sustained in the beating, police said.
The attack occurred after a misunderstanding over a tip jar, police said. The case awaits trial.
Shenanigans and RumRunners also are located in the University Plaza, adjacent to the Georgia Southern University campus.
Jan Moore said the fact that "a drunken, 19-year-old off-duty bouncer" entering her home without her permission or knowledge was "interesting and troubling," to say the least.
It appeared Gordon had been dropped off at the Moores’ home, as there was no car anywhere in the vicinity that he could have driven.
"The irony of this situation has not been lost on me," she said Wednesday. "My husband and I are very grateful this incident did not end in tragedy, as it certainly could have."
The Statesboro police investigation is closed, said Statesboro Police Cpl. Justin Samples, department spokesman. Gordon was charged with underage possession of alcohol by consumption, loitering and prowling, public intoxication, criminal trespass and possession of a fictitious ID.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.