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Bar Brawl Leaves Three Critical

Three men have been arrested in connection with a major bar brawl outside the Twins Plus Lounge on South Main Street in South Hackensack.

At 1:44 a.m. on Jan. 28, South Hackensack police and surrounding town forces responded to a reported fight and officers found six people outside the bar. Five ambulances were called to the scene and transported five of the six to area hospitals (four to Hackensack University Medical Center, one to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center). The six people were identified as Ernest Brodie of Harrison; Jesus Colon of Lyndhurst; Anthony Pate of Belleville; Benjamin Venegas of Garfield; Raphael Carrion Jr. of Garfield; and Lukasz Dziewiatkowski of Garfield.

The investigation revealed that Brodie, Colon and Pate are friends and the other three men were at the bar together. The two groups got into an argument inside the bar that spilled outside. During the altercation in the street, Carrion was bludgeoned in the head with a hammer and Pate was stabbed once in the torso. In addition, it is alleged that Brodie entered his vehicle, which was parked near the bar, and intentionally drove into Dziewiatkowski on Saddle River Avenue.

Brodie allegedly then turned around, returned to South Main Street, accelerated and intentionally struck Venegas with the vehicle. Dziewiatkowski sustained several broken bones and was treated and released from HUMC. Venegas sustained severe head trauma and remains at HUMC in critical condition. Pate was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center where he is in critical but stable condition. Carrion remains at HUMC in critical condition with multiple skull fractures. Colon was treated and released from HUMC after being treated for lacerations to his face and leg.

Brodie has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for intentionally striking Venegas and Dziewiatkowski. His bail has been set at $500,000, no 10 percent option. Colon has been charged with aggravated assault for participating in the assault on Carrion and simple assault on Dziewiatkowski. His bail has been set at $100,000, no ten percent. Dziewiatkowski is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was released on his own recognizance.

The investigation is continuing at this time and charges are expected to be filed for the others that were involved in the incident.


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