Houston police make arrest after barman attacked by mask ordered: report

Houston police arrested a suspect in connection with a violent attack on Monday night against a bar worker who claimed to have asked a client to wear a face mask while inside the company because of the coronavirus, according to a report.

The suspect, whom authorities identified as Patrick Kelly, 32, was charged with assault and bodily harm, police chief Art Acevedo wrote in a Twitter message.

Bartender Josh Vaughan has worked as a security guard at the Grand Prize Bar in the city’s museum district for nearly seven years, Houston’s FOX 26 reported.

On Monday night, the customer appeared to be frustrated after being repeatedly asked to put on a mask, Vaughan told the station.

After the third order, the patron reportedly left the bathroom, ran towards Vaughan and broke a glass of whiskey on his head, the report said. Vaughan said he started bleeding profusely and had to be taken to a hospital.


Earlier this week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked the suspect to be arrested and charged, calling the incident “nonsense”. On Thursday, the mayor announced the arrest on Twitter and reminded residents to wear masks “or stay at home”.

Vaughan said he underwent a CT scan after the alleged attack and now has 10 stitches on his head. In addition, he also claims to have a constant headache, he told FOX 26.