By Doug Petrowski
Two Mountlake Terrace men have been charged with first-degree assault after a fight outside of O’Houlies Pub, 21919-66th Ave. W., early Thursday morning. The altercation left an Edmonds man, Chris Patterson, clinging to life with severe head trauma and multiple face and skull fractures, according to police records.
As of Friday evening, Patterson, 32, was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Jesse Bratsch, 22, and Bryan Scott, 21, were booked into Snohomish County jail in Everett on the assault charges. Scott had to receive medical attention at Swedish-Edmonds Hospital from an apparent stab wound in the chest before being transported to Everett. Police describe Bratsch as having superficial bruises, which they suspect he sustained from the incident.
The brother of Chris Patterson, 29-year-old Mark Patterson, was also believed to be injured in the altercation, sustaining broken ribs and “other superficial injuries,” according to police records.
A fifth man, Joshua Kowalczewski, was also treated at Swedish-Edmonds, then Harborview, for a stab wound in the arm.
Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds police responded to O’Houlies at 1:41 a.m. Thursday morning and upon arrival found a male lying on the ground bleeding from the head or face. He appeared to be semi-conscious and was having difficulty breathing, according to police records.
With the assistance of surveillance footage from the bar, officers were able to piece together events that led to a fight involving all five men. Police believe the fight broke out after one of the suspects “made out” with an unidentified woman who had come to the bar with the Patterson brothers.
Additional charges may be filed as a result of the incident, said Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Doug Hansen.