Monday Bar Fight Victim Dies

Published : Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 5:05 AM

[UPDATED Tuesday, August 5, 2013 | 7:01 a.m. ]  A 26-year-old Rowland Heights man who sustained blunt force trauma head injury during a confrontation in Old Pasadena early Monday morning has died, Pasadena police Sgt. Greg Afsharian said today.

The victim, Joshua Martinez, died about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to media reports quoting  coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Police had said two rapidly occurring reports – the first of a “combative subject” in a restaurant and the second of a man down on the sidewalk in the 100 block of East Colorado Blvd. At 12:50 a.m. – led officers to find the victim “in the roadway.”

The victim was unresponsive, authorities said, and Pasadena Fire Paramedics transported the victim to a local area hospital.

Pasadena detectives have determined the victim was part of a group that had been ejected earlier from the IX Tapa Cantina Lounge Restaurant at 119 E. Colorado Blvd.

Lt. Terysa Rojas said there was a dispute between two groups at the restaurant and both were told to leave.

A short distance to the west on the sidewalk near Barney’s Beanery restaurant, the victim was attacked by heavy-set Hispanic man who struck him once. The victim fell to the ground and as a result of the fall “sustained significantly serious injury” which left him unconscious, Lt. Tom Delgado said.

Pasadena Homicide/Assault Detectives responded to the scene and continue to investigate, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, or you may report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or (insert key word Pasadena).