Martial arts teacher stabbed by ex-con during argument over dogs
By JOHN DOYLE, CHUCK BENNETT and JENNIFER BAIN
Last Updated: 5:50 PM, September 30, 2010
Posted: 2:07 PM, September 30, 2010
A martial arts instructor turned bartender was stabbed to death last night by an ex-con after the two argued over their dogs outside a Brooklyn bar, police and witnesses said.
The deadly encounter occurred around 2 a.m. at the Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights when off-duty bartender Chai-Eun Hillman’s dog began fighting with convicted murderer Daniel Pagan’s pooch.
Hilllmann, 41, a former karate instructor, had come to the bar on his night off to hear a band play and tied his dog Rocco, a miniature pinscher, to the bar.
Pagan and his female companion also tied their dog to the bar and the animals began playing or fighting, said Rondel Sommerset, 30, an eyewitness and friend of Hillmann.
In a 1996 interview with the New York Times, Hillman, a black belt, said people should study martial arts for self-defense.
"They won’t be victims," he said. "They can choose whether to continue confrontation or get out of it and flee."
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