The New York Post is reporting that a 25-year-old African-American male diner in New York City's West Village tried to help a white, drunk male who had bumped into his table, but ended up punching him out when he used the n-word.
Douglas Reddish, 25, ate with his girlfriend at Benny's Burritos on Greenwich Ave. on Friday night when the soused stranger knocked into their outdoor table, authorities said.
Reddish steadied him since he lost his footing, cops said. Waiters had been rushing over to shoo him away.
"This n——r wants to fight me," the belligerent man roared, cops said.
Then Reddish punched him, cops said.
He fell backwards and landed on the sidewalk. His head smashed against the concrete curb and bled profusely, cops said.
"He was out cold. I thought he was dead," said Benny's worker Robert Garcia.
Not realizing how much damage he inflicted, Reddish went in for another blow, but was held back by employees, cops said.
When Reddish saw the blood oozing he fled the scene, leaving his girlfriend at the burrito joint, police said.
He didn't get far.
Police arrested him blocks away and charged him with assault for attacking the unidentified man, who is believed to be in his 30s.
A woman who spoke with the drunken man on the street before he was knocked out said he was upset over his wife leaving him and about his "job at Goldman Sachs."
Read more at the New York Post.