Perdition Bouncer Bashed With Concrete by Jilted Bar-Goers, DA Says

By Mathew Katz on April 20, 2012 7:20am 

Police said three men attack and seriously injured a bartender at Perdition in Hell's Kitchen.
Police said three men attack and seriously injured a bartender at Perdition in Hell's Kitchen.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — A trio of men trying to get into a popular 10th Avenue bar early Sunday morning turned violent after a bouncer turned them away at the door — leading the men to bash him over the head with a slab of concrete, police said.

Chevroyl Ogilvie, 26, Randal Cooper, 22, and Kadeem Nicholas, 21, were stopped from entering Perdition at 692 10th Ave. — a bar known for its cheap drinks and laid-back atmosphere — just before 1 a.m. Sunday, sparking an argument that quickly spun out of control, according to a criminal complaint.

The three men punched and kicked the bouncer, who was not identified in court documents, before Nicholas picked up a large slab of concrete and slammed it over the bouncer's head, fracturing his skull and knocking him unconscious for approximately six hours, court documents show.

One of the assailants also needed 15 stitches to close a wound on his head, cops said.

Cops at the scene initially arrested all four men, but dropped charges against the bouncer when investigators determined that he was acting in self-defense.

"We arrested all parties involved," Inspector Timothy Beaudette, commanding officer of the Midtown North Precinct, said Tuesday. "It was later determined the bouncer was defending himself, and the charges against him were dropped."

Ogilvie, Cooper and Nicholas were charged with three counts of felony assault and were at the Manhattan Detention Complex as of Thursday afternoon. Ogilvie and Cooper are being held on $50,000 bail, and Nicholas is being held on a $100,000 bail.

Neither the suspects nor their lawyers could immediately be reached for comment.

Known primarily as a lounge and sports bar, Perdition is favored by locals for its long-running happy hour, which offers $3 shots and $4 pints until 8 p.m.

The bar's owner declined to comment about the incident but denied police accounts that the fight was between a bouncer and customers, saying that none of the men involved in the fracas was on her payroll.

A bartender at Perdition could not comment on the situation this week, but did note that the victim was "doing well."

Perdition is known for its long-running happy hour, which offers $3 shots and $4 pints until 8 p.m.
Perdition is known for its long-running happy hour, which offers $3 shots and $4 pints until 8 p.m.
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