More details are emerging regarding Jim "Sandman" Fullington being
arrested and placed on a psychiatric hold. According to a story at
NYPost.com, Sandman got drunk at a party for Lou Albano and had been
taken outside by Tim "Zombie" Roberts and Gary "Pitbull" Wolfe to calm
down. At that point the restaurant owner T.J. Tarone allegedly came
outside and smashed a beer bottle in Sandman's face.
That prompted an enraged Sandman to chase Tarone back into the kitchen
of the restaurant where he began throwing glasses at restaurant
A 75th-birthday bash for wrestling icon Capt. Lou Albano turned into
a real-life "Wrestlemania" event when "The Sandman" allegedly got
drunk and went berserk - and "The Zombie" and "Pitbull" struggled to
restrain him as a SWAT team was called in.
"It was unbelievable - I've never seen anything like it," one stunned
party guest told The Post today, after wrestler Jim "The Sandman"
Fullington found himself at the center of a bottle-hurling,
glass-smashing melee with the owner of La Lanterna restaurant in
"If you didn't know better, you'd think the whole thing had been
Five Yonkers cops, a SWAT unit and an ambulance had to be called to
stop the brawl, which partygoers said started after Fullington
exchanged words with eatery owner T.J. Tarone - who responded by
shattering a beer bottle in the face of the 6-foot-6, 300-pound
The ***ied and battered Fullington - an Extreme Championship
Wrestling pro and longtime friend of the legendary Albano - left the
party in an ambulance, and woke up in a Westchester jail cell today,
charged with ***, according to Yonkers cops.
The bizarre scene unfolded late Sunday, after a daylong gathering of
about 150 of Albano's nearest and dearest, including Fullington and
the other wrestlers.
Around 5 p.m., Fullington - who'd earlier given a touching toast to
his pal - became loud and boisterous, witnesses said.
He was in the bar "smacking around the lights like they were a
speedbag," one source said.
"The next thing you knew, it was chaos," a witness said.
Fullington went after Tarone, as fellow wrestlers Tim "The Zombie"
Roberts and Gary "Pitbull" Wolfe took him outside and tried to calm
Then "the owner guy pulls out a beer bottle and - from about 3 feet
away - just hauls off and whips it at this wrestler guy," one witness
Albano's agent and niece, Kami Albano, who had planned the soiree,
confirmed that account.
"Sandman was bleeding all over the place," she said.
An enraged Fullington broke free from his buddies and chased Tarone
back through the restaurant into the kitchen.
There, witnesses said, "The Sandman" picked up dish-racks full of
glassware and started throwing them through the air.
By then, cops had been called - and came into the kitchen with guns
A Yonkers police spokeswoman said Fullington "resisted arrest," and
that two cops were later treated for glass wounds and "exposure to
Tarone was at the beach today and through friends, declined comment.
The dumb ass hit *** hak with a bottle... of course he's gonna
get his ass kicked..