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NYC Bouncer Arrested in Fatal Beating

June 10, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ A bouncer was arrested on charges he beat a 20-year-old man to death during a fight outside a nightclub, police said Saturday.

Francisco Solivan, 24, was arrested on charges of manslaughter and assault in the death of Antonios Sasarakis, police said.

The fight occurred early Friday outside of Club Soma in the Astoria section of Queens, police said. Sasarakis was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident comes amid heightened scrutiny of bouncers and their employers by lawmakers following two slayings authorities have linked to guards at two Manhattan nightspots.

Darryl Littlejohn, 41, has been charged in the February death of Imette St. Guillen. She was last seen alive at the SoHo bar where Littlejohn worked. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

Stephen Sakai, 30, was indicted Friday on murder, attempted murder and other charges stemming from a shooting outside a Chelsea lounge that left one person dead and three wounded. His lawyer said Sakai is innocent. Sakai is being held without bail.

The cases have added fuel to efforts by city and state lawmakers to push for legislation that would curb noise, fighting and unruly behavior connected with the city’s nightlife.

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