Knife-Wielding Neo Nazis Rough up Patrons at ‘Clockwork’ on Essex Street Saturday Night
A group of Neo-Nazis drinking at the four-year-old Clockwork on Saturday night reportedly roughed up two brothers, having apparently taken offense to an “anti-fascists” sticker on one of their cell phones.
The unidentified siblings, both 27-year-old Columbia graduate students, noticed the large group of “skinheads” inside Clockwork and headed for the exit at 12:30am. Upon leaving, a bunch of smokers noticed the sticker on one of their phones reading “New York City Anti-fascists,” which sparked a beatdown.
Per the New York Post:
The brothers were pummeled by about six or seven men — some who were using brass knuckles — and dressed in matching vests with “211 Crew” patches, a white supremacy gang, police said. The brothers tried to run away from their attackers but were chased down Essex Street and then Hester Street before the group caught up to them and continued the beating, cops said.
“One of the guys pulled a knife on my brother first and starts slashing at him. Then the guy with the knife starts coming over to me… His buddy grabs him and I guess at that point they all decide to run off.”
Officers in an undercover police car that happened to be driving by spotted the two bloodied men standing on the sidewalk while trying to call 911 and asked them what was going on.
The victims were able to identify one of the suspects lingering at the scene, though. John Young, 29, was charged with assault, grand larceny, menacing, criminal mischief, and possession of a weapon, cops said.
Both brothers sustained cuts and bruises, and required staples to close wounds on the head.