St. Patrick's Day argument ends with beating outside Midtown restaurant; 3 arrested

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Liz Cho has the latest. (WABC)

Three men who police say attacked two 17-year-old boys on St. Patrick's Day are now in custody.

The suspects, who are in their 20s, reportedly turned themselves into police with an attorney and are participating in lineups.

On March 17, the two teens got into an argument with the three suspects in O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant on West 46th Street. The suspects ended up kicking, punching and striking the victims with bottles in front of the restaurant, according to authorities.

The suspects then fled. The two victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital with fractures on their face, as well as bumps and bruises.

"That was really really crazy, that was nuts, they went too out of control," said Steven Rivas, who works nearby.

Employees who work next to O'Brien's had front seats to an argument that police say spilled out onto the street.

"They said yo fight fight, we went out and we saw the fight," said witness Eric Rodriguez. "There was fighting, like punching each other and kicking and all that kind of stuff."

Video shows a beer bottle in the suspect's hand as it's poured out, and a bystander's phone catches the man throwing the bottle right into the victim's head.

Managers at a nearby restaurant helped police with the investigation and spent hours with detectives.

"They wanted to know who actually started, what like how'd it actually start, like who was the guy that actually broke the glass the guy's face, like kick somebody in the face," said Rivas.

That kick was so violent we can't even air the video. But directly afterwards the suspect responsible can be seen in the black jacket running off, and the victim unconscious trying to be held up by strangers.

That teen had face fractures and both were taken to the hospital. We tried to talk to a manager at O'Brien's, but were told no one wanted to comment.




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