It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Brings a Wooden Sword to a Bar Fight

The prison pen is mightier than the sword

Even small brews can lead to a big brawl (Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

Even small brews can lead to a big brawl (Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

Staten Island resident Christopher Matthies was in no mood to mess around early Sunday morning, when he got into an argument with three men at Dugout Pub South in Great Kills.

The argument moved outside, and Mr. Matthies decided fists weren’t enough. So he got into his car, drove home, and came back with a wooden sword, according to Gothamist.

It’s not clear if Mr. Matthies, 27, was a samurai-in-training, but it is clear that he also brought along a knife, which was a much bigger problem for his enemies. One man was stabbed in the head, ribs, hip, stomach and hand, according to court papers. The others were stabbed in the back and stomach. All three, who were between 22 and 23 years old, are alive, although one is in intensive care.

Mr. Matthies was also injured enough to leave a trail of blood behind him as he walked home, which is how police found and arrested him. When Mr. Matthies appeared in Stapleton Criminal Court to face charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and more, his lawyer, John M. Murphy III, argued that he was the true victim.

“There was a trail of blood leading back to his house because he was bleeding! He was bleeding profusely,” Mr. Murphy said, according to the Staten Island Advance. “The wounds that are on his hands and body are entirely consistent with defensive wounds.”

Mr. Murphy claimed his client was a part time bouncer at the bar, but owner Rob Renaud said he had no idea who Mr. Matthies was, or why he owns such a strange assortment of weapons.

Mr. Matthies is being held on $100,000 bail until his next court date on Friday. All the samurai training in the world won’t help him out of this mess.