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Monday, July 7, 2008

Crowd Beats Man Outside of Chop Suey Nightclub

posted by on July 7 at 17:15 PM

Early Sunday morning, witnesses say, a crowd of about a dozen people beat a 25-year-old man outside the Chop Suey night club on Capitol Hill after the man was ejected from the club for allegedly harassing a woman.

Angelo—who witnessed the event and did not give his last name—and several of his friends were walking near Chop Suey around 1:30 Sunday morning, when he says a large crowd attacked the man.

“All of the people in front of Chop Suey started cheering [on the attackers],” Angelo says. “And at least a dozen other people ran over and joined in beating the man.”

Angelo claims he saw someone grab a folding chair from Chop Suey and use it to beat the man. Angelo also says no one did anything to help the man, who was left bloodied in the intersection of 14th and Pike.

This afternoon, another witness to the attack sent an email to Chop Suey, accusing the club’s security staff of ignoring the incident.

Chop Suey sent out this reply:

Said incident involved a male patron who was sexually harassing a female patron so he was ejected from the club.

A fight broke out shortly after so we called 911. With the amount of people involved in this incident, security were asked to wait for police to come. Before police showed up, the crowd dissipated a bit but some people helped the assaulted man out of the street. He spoke to both the police and paramedics, who eventually took him away.

I also contacted Roy Atizado, Chop Suey’s manager, to talk about the incident. “All I know is that this one gentleman was grabbing this girl’s butt,” Atizado says. “She complained to us, we kicked him out and several minutes later, a fight ensued.”

Atizado says his staff didn’t do anything to stop the fight because too many people were involved. “We’ve been told by police officers that if it’s not manageable to … call police immediately and ask for instructions until police get there,” he says. Atizado also denies that a chair from Chop Suey was used as a weapon in the melee. “I guarantee that did not happen,” he says.

I’ve got a call in to SPD to find out what they say about the fight.

UPDATE: This just in from Atizado:

The chair you mentioned was from the hot dog stand and not from inside Chop Suey. There is no affiliation with us to them.

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Number of people, not amount of people. If their security is as outrageous as their grammar I'm not surprised this kind of thing happens.

Posted by elenchos | July 7, 2008 5:51 PM

Number of persons?

Posted by w7ngman | July 7, 2008 5:53 PM

I KNEW it! That chair was from the HOT DOG STAND!!!

That thing brings out the wurst in everyone.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 7, 2008 6:08 PM

First of all, the females are always the victims...

Posted by girlsfirst | July 7, 2008 6:11 PM

I didn't know Shirley Jackson's THE LOTTERY had penetrated the Millenials...

Posted by Andy Niable | July 7, 2008 6:12 PM

God bless you, Hotdog Man!

Posted by Matthew | July 7, 2008 6:18 PM

sweet, who knew the bouncers @ chop suey were fucking pussies...

and that so many douchebags were willing to beat a guy almost to death over something that allegedly happened. fucking dicktards

Posted by holz | July 7, 2008 6:20 PM

He got was coming to him. If this was any city other than Seattle he'd have been hauled away in an ambulance.

Posted by I'm a Nuclear Bomb | July 7, 2008 6:29 PM

You pull my hair. I pull a lawn chair.

Posted by rutro | July 7, 2008 6:40 PM

Some of your witnesses must have had one too many if they said this guy was 25 years old. This dude was at least 40 something. I was out front and this guy was around the corner yelling out all sorts of shit, with his belt in his hand ready to take on whoever was yelling at him I guess. And there's no way he got beat by a dozen people, he walked back to his car like 10 minutes later.

Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2008 6:45 PM

where does house security's responsibility end? do they have to ensure that every (alleged) douchebag they kick out makes it to his cozy little bed?

it is nice to know grammar security's arm reaches to the slog though...

Posted by Postum | July 7, 2008 7:03 PM


That's the corniest thing I've ever read.

Posted by The Incredible Husk | July 7, 2008 7:04 PM

Did the guy drive home or did he ride away with the paramedics?

Posted by w7ngman | July 7, 2008 7:35 PM

All LIES! They own that Hot Dog Stand!

Posted by Jared | July 7, 2008 8:38 PM

I thought they just owned the Thai place inside.....way better than gross meat dogs.

Posted by Corey | July 7, 2008 9:17 PM

Journalism at it's finest! Really Jonah? Nothing better to report?

Posted by Really? | July 7, 2008 9:26 PM

I work at a club as a bouncer, and when something like this happens it's nearly impossible to stop for a couple of reasons.

First, bouncers don't have any authority out on the street.

Second, a huge mob isn't going to listen to a couple of guys with flashlights.

Third, and most importantly, the cops take forever to get involved. I've witnessed and broken up fights outside my club, and seen the cops just sitting in their car waiting for the fight to resolve itself before getting involved.

It's very frustrating to try to hold back a mob and to see the local law enforcement waiting for something to sort itself out instead of helping people.

Posted by Bender | July 8, 2008 1:42 AM

I blame harrop

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 8, 2008 8:08 AM

The fight took place across the street, so of course security didn't have authority there. By the time the cops came, it was already over. From what I hear, the guy deserved whatever mild-to-moderate beating he received (not everyone is an innocent victim...), and there's no way a dozen people were beating on him. This is a non-story.

Posted by Also there | July 8, 2008 9:10 AM

To anyone who has taken the stance of defending the mob that beat this guy - WHATEVER he may / may not have done inside the club - suck a bullet and die, fuckers. Better yet, do it while wearing your brown shirts and singing the Horst Wessel song.

Posted by Greg | July 8, 2008 9:14 AM

Ah, Seattle...

In love with lynch mob justice since the 1800's... just don't know when to end the affair I suppose, even after innocent people get the brunt of drunken vigilantism.

Posted by unwelcomed | July 8, 2008 9:42 AM

Wow, a sexual assault and a fight took place on Saturday? There was a hip hop show at Chop Suey that night. Is anyone actually surprised?

Posted by john cocktosin | July 8, 2008 9:49 AM

Hipster on hipster violence, when will it end? These outside-the-bar beat-downs have become quite trendy, and require very little fuel, other than too much liquor, to ignite. They are so popular they are reported on websites like TMZ as entertainment. Joining a crowd to beat a single person, regardless of the supposed provocation is cowardly and vile.

Posted by inkweary | July 8, 2008 9:49 AM

I remember the good old days when the bars on the Hill, the U Dist, Georgetown, and Fremont had spillover fights outside most nights.

Why is this news?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 8, 2008 10:15 AM

So, a crowd beating a man bloody, knocking his teeth out and stripping him naked is okay? Some of you disgust me. Since when is mob justice okay? The bigger issue here is why Chop Suey let a such a large mob congregate outside the club... aren't they supposed to disperse them? I walked through that crowd with a few friends and heard people making anti-gay comments and, as they were beating the man (all 20 of them), they were yelling 'faggot'. I'm not surprised that Chop Suey is claiming innocence but I wouldn't want to patronize a club that has such blatant disregard for its patrons and the general public...

Posted by anon | July 8, 2008 12:08 PM

@24 - its news as it falls within the 2-block hack reporting radius from Stranger Central (tm)

Posted by 2 block curtain | July 8, 2008 1:12 PM

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