A West Side man died Thursday afternoon, about 12 hours after he was beaten with a baseball bat following a bar fight in the Theater District, police said.
Rajshie Tompkins, 23, of Jersey Street suffered multiple fractures to the head after he was hit several times with the bat on Washington Street, just south of Tupper Street. He died shortly after 4 p.m. in Erie County Medical Center.
David A. Williams, 30, was charged with first-degree assault and weapons possession, according to Lt. Duane T. Rizzo. With Tompkins' death, new charges may be filed against Williams, Rizzo said.
No motive for the attack has been established, but police have the bat believed used in the beating.
"The suspect made a claim to police that he thought the other man may have had a weapon, but no weapons were recovered at the scene or on the victim's person," said Capt. Joseph Riga, chief of the Homicide Bureau.
Witnesses told police that a fight broke out involving 10 to 15 young men inside the Squeeze, a bar in the 700 block of Main Street, shortly before 4 a.m.
"From what we understand from the witnesses, the melee was inside," Lt. William Conwall said. "That was broken up by the bouncers, everyone was ejected, and the fight continued outside."
At least two of the combatants met outside and continued the fight on nearby Washington Street. Central District Lt. Timothy Ring witnessed the fight, according to Riga.
"He tried to stop the fight, and the defendant got away in his car, and the lieutenant radioed a description of the vehicle," Riga said.
About two minutes later, Central District Officers Marlene Mott and Karen Quinn spotted a vehicle answering the description at Maryland and West Tupper streets and arrested Williams, Riga said.
Williams, who told authorities he lives on Northumberland Avenue and Shields Avenue, was charged after detectives questioned him, Riga said.