News Crowd Beats Man Outside of Chop Suey Nightclub
posted by July 7 at 17:15 PMon
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.