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

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Ringwelski still hasn't forgiven The Red Carpet for his older brother's 2005 death.
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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lennyd
lennyd

Joe is following right behind Adam Charles Heldt, Mellissa's Almsteads brother the convicted killer. Buboltz was not guilty, justice was done. The Smiley, Heldt, and Ringwelski families are to blame for what these young men have done, live with it its your heritage. 

keny1
keny1

The sad part is that he looks like an OWS protester. Let me guess, he is all about "social justice" LOL! 

Nate Douglas
Nate Douglas

Although tragic, The Red Carpet is a completely different bar than it was eight years ago. It has new owners and nobody working there has been there that long. His anger was misdirected and miscalculated. I wish he could have talked to someone before he did this. If I could ask him one question, I would like to know if all this was worth it. I mean, did this put closure or cure his anger? Now what?

Melissa Almsted
Melissa Almsted

Jason Bistodeau - I hear what you are saying and your right in so many ways. But my cousin has been through a lot and our family too! First a best friend taken away from a drunk driver hitting and killing him and then losing a brother to a pointless "I'm tough bro" incident. And now that bouncer works with kids, as a coach. What in the world!!! That guy has it coming to him. He will meet his maker one day and it won't be good for him! It's the same type of bouncer that moves through these bars and the same type of stuff happening on a weekly basis. There were altercations at the Red Carpet even before my cousin was killed. I've really learned it pays to just stay home and away from places like that where anything can happen. It's clearly not worth it. My cousin Joe- I love you very much! And I understand why you did what you did.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

While I feel for the kid on the loss of his brother, his hatred shouldn't be for the bar, but for the man who allegedly killed his brother. What's the point of property damage 8 years after the fact? He makes comments about the bar regularly on St Cloud Facebook pages, and hangs out around there looking for trouble and talking shit to the bouncers when they come out - I've seen it with my own eyes. Completely misdirected anger. The guy who did it was fired within a couple months of the incident and no longer even lives in St Cloud. The Carpet isn't even under the same management as it was 8 years ago, and most of the staff has only worked there for about 5 years. It's sad that the man died because of what amounts to an accident, but that's on the bouncer, not the bar. The Red Carpet is one of the best bars in St Cloud, and I've been there enough in the past 5 years to know it's a whole different bar than it was back when this all went down. And as far as a St Cloud bar being in the news all the time for crime...look nest door at The Press Bar...that place is in the news almost every month for a stabbing or vandalism or a bar brawl (that was just last week). The Red Carpet staff are almost all pretty cool, until bar close, then they REALLY want you the hell out...but what bar staff wouldn't? lol. Again, it's horrible the guy lost his brother in such a way, but he shouldn't let his anger consume his life like he has. How long will he harbor such anger and hatred before it burns him out, or he ends up killing someone himself? Get some help, man. For the good of everyone whose life you are a part of.

Melissa Almsted
Melissa Almsted

I'm Sorry Joe. But I BACK YOU 100%! That place needs to be burned. Those people will get what they deserve in the end. Their time will come. So sorry cousin! We LOVE and MISS you Justin Smiley!!!

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Man, that place seems to consistently be at the epicenter of St. Clouds St. Cloudy esque craziness on a consistent basis. Did I visit it many years back on like, the one normal day they had?

William Davis
William Davis

If ever a place deserved to be smashed up...

Jake Wienhold
Jake Wienhold

The bouncers shouldn't have beaten him up, that's wrong

Moffitt
Moffitt

Sad story. I try to stop in the Red Carpet whenever I'm staying in St. Cloud.

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