Cops: Man’s death outside Williamsburg bar was a homicide

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Police are now investigating the death of a patron of a popular Williamsburg bar last month as a homicide, according to a report.

Michael Sapp of Bedford-Stuyvesant died of severe head injuries three days after someone knocked him out in front of the Charleston on Bedford Avenue between N. Seventh and N. Eighth streets on June 14, according to police. The Medical Examiner last Wednesday ruled the death a homicide, cops said.

Cops say they found the 33-year-old victim lying unconscious and unresponsive on the sidewalk outside the bar at 1:30 am on a Sunday morning. Emergency responders brought him to Bellevue Hospital, where he spent three days on life support before he died, police said.

Authorities said it was the second time they had been called to the bar that morning. Police said officers showed up an hour earlier because Sapp was allegedly fighting with other customers. When they arrived, Sapp, who had a bloody nose, walked away from the bar, and police considered the matter finished, according to law enforcement officials.

The incident happened during the busy Northside music festival, and Bedford Avenue and surrounding streets were packed with foot traffic.

Cops refused to say if they have any suspects in the case, but said they have not yet made any arrests and are continuing the investigation.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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