BY THE VILLAGE SUN | A dispute that reportedly started inside a bar in Chelsea — right near the sprawling Penn South residential co-op — proved deadly.
Police said that on Sat., Dec. 24, around 3 a.m., a 61-year-old man was at the corner of Ninth Avenue and W. 29th Street when an unidentified man punched him, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.
The attacker fled on foot.
The victim, Duane Patterson of Inwood, in Upper Manhattan, was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition with a skull fracture. He died from his injuries the next day.
According to a police spokesperson, both men had been at a bar before the incident and, at some point, there was a verbal dispute. He did not have information on which bar it was.
However, the New York Post said the victim was the bouncer at Billymark’s West bar, at 332 Ninth Ave., and that the two men had started brawling inside the place.
The attacker is described as around 40 to 50 years old, with a heavy build, bald and last seen wearing a red Champion hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, black pants and black sneakers.
Police are asking anyone with information on either incident to call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. Tips can result in cash rewards of up to $3,500. All tips are strictly confidential.