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Go-Go Dancer at Phoenix Gay Bar Subdues Man Wielding Ax

by Sergio N. Candido
Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

An unnamed go-go dancer prevented what could have been a tragedy at a gay bar in Phoenix, Arizona, when an irate man wielding an ax entered the venue.

"I really thought my life was in danger, I'm pretty sure everybody else did too," Adrian Carlos Maldonado, manager at Oz bar, told Fox Phoenix.

According to police, 40-year-old Lawrence Aguirre was at the bar on Feb. 17 when he got into an argument with his girlfriend. Sensing Aguirre might be drunk, Maldonado escorted him out.

Minutes later, the man went to his car, grabbed an ax, hit the bar's door with it and stormed in, threatening to kill Maldonado and putting in danger the lives of about 30 patrons.

It was at this moment that a go-go dancer at the establishment grabbed Aguirre from behind and then Maldonado hit him in the head with a pool cue.

"Once that happened, I threw the pool stick to the side, I had somebody else grab the ax and we just held him on the ground," Maldonado said.

Police charged Aguirre with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage.

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