Duane Patterson, a 61-year-old bouncer, was knocked to the ground after being struck by a furious man in the head in front of Billymark’s West Bar on Ninth Avenue, New York City, where the altercation had erupted around 3 a.m. on December 24.
Patterson, a resident of Fort George, was found unresponsive. The bartender dialed 911 and the ambulance took him to Bellevue Hospital.
His initial status was classified as critical with a fractured skull. He was unconscious for several days before authorities announced his death on Monday. Police ruled Patterson’s death as a homicide.
Following the attack, the unidentified suspect fled the area. No arrests have been made.
The attacker is said to be bald, in his 40s or 50s with a dark complexion and a large build.
When he last appeared, he wore a red Champion hoodie sweater, a black jacket, pants and sneakers.
There was a folded-up knife discovered at the scene. However, authorities said that it had nothing to do with the incident.
According to the police, the circumstances surrounding the deadly altercation were still unknown.
Melissa Buchholz, Patterson’s wife, said the attack happened during a quarrel when he informed the furious man that the pub was closed.
Buchholz said that when his husband returned to the bar after the man had left, the attacker approached Patterson and “cold-cocked him on the left side with something.”
Patterson’s in memory of his family
Patterson was an Air Force veteran, as confirmed by Buchholz. They have a daughter together named Arianna Buchholz and had been married for 26 years. She described Patterson as “funny and polite.”
She went on to say that since her husband was “so good at what he did,” and there was never a conflict because he would settle it and defuse it before it got out of hand.
She wished the attacker — whom she hoped would be apprehended soon — would suffer as much as he put her husband “through” and feel their pain “ten, a million times more.”
Arianna said that his father suffered a head injury and was in “a coma for four days.” She explained that “the intensive care he received” was insufficient to “revive his mind.”
According to her, the family now requires financial and emotional support during this challenging time. As of Monday evening, almost $17,000 had been donated toward the family’s $20,000 GoFundMe goal.
Arianna remembers her father — who worked at Billymark’s West Bar for the last eight years — as a “strong, honorable” individual who was always ready to make them laugh.
She also highlighted that her father had registered as an organ donor, therefore, the family is working hard to ensure that others in need can benefit from it.
The police requested that anyone with information regarding the attack phone Crime Stoppers.
Similar bar assault
A bouncer and father of six named Austin McAllister suffered a similar fate as Patterson. He was shot and died in a hookah lounge in Ukrainian Village on New Year’s Eve.
According to police, the suspect broke into the Lyons Den Hookah Lounge in Chicago, Illinois, with a gun overnight. When he was denied entry, he began shooting at the doorway around 1:30 a.m.
Then, a brief exchange of fire occurred. Two people were gunned down, including the 38-year-old McAllister, who was shot multiple times and was wounded in his left shoulder, abdomen and leg.
McAllister was declared dead at 5:54 a.m. at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital after being sent there in severe condition.
The police said the second victim was 26 years old with a gunshot wound to the left leg and was also taken to Stroger Hospital. They also said the shooter fled the area in a car after the shooting.
No one had been arrested since Sunday night, and police detectives were still investigating.
According to Chicago police records, this was the city’s first reported homicide of 2023.