Gay bar bouncer faces murder charges for beating outcast bar patron

A bar in a Philadelphia gay bar is wanted for a third-degree murderer after he was allegedly beaten to death by a fired bartender, police said Wednesday.

A 41-year-old man hit his head on the side of the road after a bank hit him, police said, adding that the man was escorted out of the bar due to drunkenness.

The deputy police chief, Ben Naish, has told reporters a warrant for his arrest, and the detainee is expected to hand himself over or be remanded in custody soon. Police later identified 24-year-old Kenneth Frye from Philadelphia.

“It is frustrating whenever there is a senseless attack,” said Naish, adding that he had not heard of any complaints from people guarding the gay bar, and declined to comment on the situation.

The incident took place in front of the Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar shortly before 1 am on April 16, officials said. The deceased was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on Saturday, police said.

A video posted by WTXF-TV shows a man being trampled outside, then playing on the sidewalk facing a backlash. The man turns onto the road and, while still playing, gets in the car and pretends to reach it, then turns and walks toward the baucer, who hurries up to him and punches him.

One of the bar owners, Jeffrey Sotland, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the bouncer was not a bartender and was from an outside security company. The bar also said in a statement that the incident did not take place at its location. Officials say managers called 911 as soon as they found out and were working together to investigate.

It is unclear if Frye has a lawyer; his registered number was not available Wednesday.

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