NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 1:27 AM
NYPD officers speak to patrons outside Turtle Bay NYC on Second Ave. and 52nd St.
A Veterans Day brawl at a Midtown bar ended with an Army soldier slashing a Marine in the back, witnesses and police sources said.
A group of rowdy men in Army fatigues was drinking at Turtle Bay NYC on Second Ave. near 52nd St. around 7:45 p.m. when an argument broke out with a man wearing a Marines T-shirt, according to witnesses.
The man, 35-year-old Marine veteran Alfonso Matos , had admonished the group for drinking in uniform before things turned bloody, police sources said.
“They were being annoying in the back of the bar, they were waving American flags,” said a 26-year-old patron who only gave her first name, Amanda.“It turned into a beef.”
A bloody towel is seen outside the bar where a Marine was slashed.
The argument broke out on a stairway inside the joint, which touts itself as the “Home of the original dollar beers Wednesday” on a sign out front, before the men in fatigues were booted from the bar. One of them men had pulled out a blade during the heated exchange, witnesses said.
“They were all boasting and drinking a lot. The biggest guy there had an American flag in his hands,” said Jesus Ferrer, 45, a Bronx medical coder. “The big dude with the beard (Matos) said he could fight anyone in the place.”
Matos and the soldiers sparred on the sidewalk and the Marine was stabbed, witnesses said.
Police tape blocks off the Midtown bar where a Marine was slashed in the back.
“They went outside, and next thing you know, he was standing against the wall with blood dripping down his back,” Ferrer said.
One of Matos’ relatives, who was with him at the bar, told the Daily News he was too distraught to speak about the attack.
“He was stabbed in the back. He was bleeding a lot from his upper right shoulder,” Amanda said of the victim.
Officers block off the Midtown bar where an argument between an Army solder and Marine turned bloody.
“His wife showed up, she was shouting ‘Who was he defending? Who was he defending?’
He was gushing blood. His friends surrounded him and were applying pressure.”
Matos was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, according to cops. The bar was closed for several hours, reopening to an long line of thirsty customers after midnight.
No arrests were made late Wednesday.