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Police Arrest Suspect Who Allegedly Attacked Gay Club Bartender

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Jul 10, 2014

Police arrested the suspect Wednesday accused of punching a gay club bartender in the head earlier this week during an argument over a dog in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports.

Video footage of the incident shows Corey Pohan, 32, allegedly delivering a single blow to Paul Martone, 49, in the face, which causes Martone to fall on his back and injure his head on the pavement.

Martone, who JoeMyGod reported to be a bartender at the New York City Eagle, was initially listed in critical condition but Thursday reports say he is in stable condition at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

The fight was sparked after Pohan allegedly stepped over Martone's dog to get to the sidewalk, sources told the Daily News. Martone yelled at him and pushed Pohan, who turned around and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Footage, which was recorded by a witness on their cellphone, of the incident was put online in hopes someone could identify the suspect.

Police found Pohan hiding at his mother's home in Lakewood, N.J., Wednesday after a tipster recognized him from the clip.

Detectives went to New Jersey after they identified the suspect and Pohan initially surrendered and was on his way back across the Hudson River until he changed his mind, jumping out of the car near the Lincoln Tunnel, sources say.

Police arrested Pohan, who was taken into custody at the scene. He was held overnight and is scheduled to appear at an extradition hearing Thursday.

Watch the clip below:


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