A Queens, New York bouncer, Elsworth Reid was beaten to death at a Guyanese bar after he attempted to part a fight between two patrons.
Elsworth Reid and his wife
According to the New York Daily News, Reid was beaten after breaking up a fight inside Johnny’s Restaurant and Bar. He was killed by merciless customers in a savage Saturday assault that continued even after he stopped breathing.
Johnny’s Restaurant and Bar
Reid, 43, was playing his typical role as pacifist in the rowdy Ozone Park bar when a fight erupted between two patrons around 01:20h, witnesses told his wife according to the New York Daily News.
The brawlers then joined forces to attack Reid, who was knocked out by a hard punch to his temple. Laverne Reid was told that her husband landed hard on the back of his head and neck – and never moved again.
“When he fell, all the guys started jumping in and hitting on him as he’s laying there and that was it,” his devastated wife told the Daily News after a sleepless night. “Everybody punched him and he was already dead.”
The woman – who married Elsworth just six months earlier – said additional attackers piled on once her husband was lying helplessly on the ground.
“He never got back up,” she recounted. “People who were there and witnessed said that was it. Then a girl who worked there called 911.” Reid, known to his wife and friends as Dale, never regained consciousness. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, but could not be saved. “Everybody loved him,” said his wife. “He never had a problem.”
Two men, 31-year-old Deonarine Deoraj and 48-year-old Harrydatt Nandalall – were arrested for the horrific beatdown. Both were charged with manslaughter and gang assault. Another man was taken into custody and later released, as investigators looked for more people possibly involved in the brawl, sources said.
The investigation continued Saturday night. Police at the scene were hunting for security video at neighbouring buildings, and Laverne Reid said the bar had security cameras as well.
“I’m stunned; I’m so sad,” said pal Bobbie Stanley, 48, who works as a dispatcher with the Sunshine Car Service – just a few blocks from the Ozone Park bar on Rockaway Blvd.