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Man Assaulted Outside Barney's Beanery Pasadena Dies

Barney's Beanery Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard. (via Facebook
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A man who was assaulted late Sunday night outside the Barney's Beanery in Old Town Pasadena died today at a hospital, authorities said.

Joshua Martinez, 25, died about 1:20 a.m., coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter told City News Service. (KTLA reports that he was 26 and lived in Rowland Heights.)

Pasadena police received two 911 calls shortly before 1 a.m. Monday that led officers to the 100 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Lt. Terysa Rojas of the Pasadena Police Department told CNS.

A man, later identified as Martinez, was found lying on the street and taken to a hospital in critical condition with a head injury caused by blunt force trauma, Rojas said.

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Crystal McGowan, a waitress who works next door, told KTLA that Martinez's friends said Martinez was approached by "this group out of nowhere." She said, "They looked like normal college students just out to have a good time," although it's not clear if she was talking about Martinez's friends or the group that assaulted him.

Another witness told KTLA he saw Martinez get hit, but didn't describe the assailant. "The guy got hit and he fell," said Tigr Huynh, who works next door. "When [his head] hit the concrete, it sounded louder than when he got hit. There was blood all over."

Police had also received a 911 call about a "combative person" who was being kicked out of the nearby Ixtapa restaurant, according to KTLA. Rojas told their reporter that the two disturbances are not related, but just "happened within a minute of one another."

Huynh said, "there are fights out here almost every weekend." McGowan said she'd like to see more police patrols around closing time.

Pasadena police detectives asked anyone with information to call (626) 744-4241.