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Suit: Ex-Con In South Hackensack Strip Club Brawl Kept Dying Dog From Vet

Anthony Pate
Anthony Pate Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. -- An ex-con awaiting sentencing for attacking two men with a hammer during a brawl at a South Hackensack strip club was working a construction job while free on bail when he kept a Manhattan couple from getting their dying dog to a vet, court papers charge.

Jair Freire and his wife say Anthony Pate and co-worker Bienvenido Rodriguez, 55, of Long Island wouldn't let them drive around their work site, trashed their BMW and then lied to police to get Freire arrested.

Pate is being sentenced in two weeks in Superior Court in Hackensack for aggravated assault for his role in the January 2014 brawl outside Twins Plus Lounge.

Two men were deliberately hit by a car, another was stabbed and a fourth was bashed in the head by Pate, authorities said at he time.

In their lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, the New York couple say they were driving their ailing bulldog to the vet when Pate and Rodriguez blocked them on East 22nd Street in Manhattan.

Rodriguez cursed them and banged on the hood of the BMW, denting it, while Pate lay on it, the suit alleges.

When Frier tried to inch the vehicle forward, it says, Pate kicked it, causing more dents.

Pate and Rodriguez told police the BMW struck and injured them before moving on, leading to Friere's arrest at the vet's office.

The bulldog survived, then died months later.

Authorities dropped the charges against Freire, who sued in Manhattan court.

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