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New charges confirmed, more announced in brawl outside South Hackensack strip club

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
Photo Credit: Anthony Erekat
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Some of the damage that a South Hackensack bar fight wrought was revealed tonight by Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli in confirming an exclusive CLIFFVIEW PILOT report on Saturday about additional charges brought in a Jan. 28 brawl outside Twins Plus Lounge in South Hackensack.

The bar owners and several employees also were cited by South Hackensack Police with 14 violations for various alleged infractions of borough ordinances and ABC laws, the prosecutor revealed.

Among those against whom aggravated assault charges were brought in the past week are a man who was stabbed and another who was hit in the head with a hammer during the strip-club melee.

All 6 now charged

Molinelli tonight supplied mugshots showing some of the damage.

Raphael Carrion Jr., 28, of Garfield ( above, left ) was transferred on Friday from Hackensack University Medical Center to the Bergen County Jail, where he was being held on $150,000 bail. Carrion, who sustained skull fractures when he was struck in the head with a hammer, is charged with aggravated assault and weapons possession.

Anthony Pate, 37, of Belleville ( above, right ), was being held at the jail on $150,000 bail, as well, after being transferred from St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center last Wednesday. Pate, who Molinelli said was stabbed by Carrion, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly beating two men with a hammer.

The prosecutor also announced for the first time tonight charges against the last of the six combatants, Benjamin Venegas, 27, of Garfield ( above, middle ), for aggravated assault and weapons possession.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT PHOTO: Anthony Erekat

Venegas, who was one of two Garfield men deliberately struck with a car during the brawl, was processed and released after posting $75,000 bail. He was released from Hackensack University Medical Center last Thursday after being treated for severe head trauma, the prosecutor said.

The other man struck by the car, 32-year-old Lukasz Dziewiatkowski, sustained several broken bones. Dziewiatkowski ( bottom, right ) was released without bail, charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Pate was with 19-year-old Ernest Brodie of Harrison ( left ) and Jesus Colon, 21, of Lyndhurst ( middle ) when they got into a fight with Carrion and Venegas before dawn last Tuesday, Molinelli said.

The brawl spilled outside, he said, where Dziewiatkowski who joined the melee.

Brodie then got into his car, parked near the bar and “intentionally drove into” Dziewiatkowski on Saddle River Avenue before he “turned [it] around, returned to South Main Street, accelerated and intentionally struck Venegas with the vehicle,” Molinelli said.

Police from South Hackensack and surrounding towns rushed to the South Main Street bar after getting word of the melee just before 1:45 a.m.

Four ambulances were needed to transport the injured, the prosecutor said.

Colon was treated at HUMC for cuts on his face and leg, then charged with aggravated assault on Carrion and simple assault on Dziewiatkowski. He remains free on $100,000 bail.

Brodie, meanwhile, remained held on $500,000 bail in the county jail, charged with attempted murder for intentionally hitting the two men, the prosecutor said.

Ernest Brodie, Jesus Colon, Lukasz Dziewiatkowski (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF)

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