A bartender, a go-go dancer and four
patrons helped subdue an ax-wielding man at a Phoenix gay bar.
The incident occurred at the Oz bar
early Sunday morning.
Lawrence Aguirre, 40, faces two counts
of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage over attacking
staff and patrons at the bar with an ax. Aguirre, who was at the bar
with his girlfriend, became angry after a bartender stopped serving
“I told him he was done, I couldn't
serve him any more for the night … he got irate,” Adrian Carlos
Maldonado told My
Fox Phoenix. “After I escorted him out, he went out to the
car, picked up an ax and came back at us.”
Maldonado held shut the door as Aguirre
hit it with the ax.
Thinking Aguirre had left, Maldonado
opened the door. He said Aguirre stormed in, threatening to “kill”
Aguirre dropped the ax when a go-go
dancer seized him from behind, around the neck, and Maldonado hit him
on the head with a pool cue. Four patrons helped hold Aguirre down
until police arrived.