Unprovoked bottle attack at Bay Ridge restaurant

'I was the victim of a madman in a bar,' says physician

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A night out at a popular Bay Ridge restaurant turned into a nightmare for an area physician who claims a bottle-wielding maniac assaulted him in a bloody, unprovoked midnight attack on Friday — leaving him hospitalized with deep gashes to his head and neck.

Dr. Fred Notarnicola, who works at Ovington Medical Associates on Ovington Ave. between Fourth and Fifth avenues, claimed an unidentified man bashed him in the back of the head with a glass bottle inside Cebu Bar and Bistro, at the corner of Third Ave. and 88th Street, while he was relaxing over drinks with a friend after the area’s much-hyped Summer Stroll had wrapped up for the evening.

“Some crazy guy just hit me in the back of the head and my neck, and caused all these lacerations,” the medic said. “There was a lot of blood.”

Notarnicola said he noticed the stocky, 5-foot-eight-inch suspect, who had something written in script tattooed on the back of his neck, after the man began arguing loudly with a female companion.

The physician said he tried to ignore the commotion.

“They were yelling at each other, but after a little while they calmed down,” he said.

The man then snuck up behind Notarnicola and struck him with a bottle before fleeing with the woman past several employees, according to the physician, who said he spent the night in hospital and needed 50 stitches to close his wounds.

Notarnicola added that he’s furious with Cebu’s bouncer for failing to protect him, or stop his assailant.

“I’m a physician, I serve the community, but I can’t go out drinking with a friend without getting assaulted,” he said. “I’m also very upset, because the back of the head and the back of my neck is terrible to look at.”

Gary Rosen, Notarnicola’s lawyer, said cops are studying Cebu’s surveillance tapes to help them locate his assailant. He also vowed a lawsuit if the tapes show that employees ignored the assault.

“It appears to me that there’s a serious problem, that people can go to a bar and then get attacked, and the bouncers who are supposed to be security don’t do anything about it,” Rosen said.

Cebu and the 68th Precinct didn’t return calls for comment.

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Reader Feedback

Mark from Bay Ridge says:
Blame it on the Summer Stroll. Coincidence? Methinks not..
Aug. 2, 2012, 8:15 am
Chuck Otey from Bay Ridge says:
Connecting alleged assault with Summer Stroll is ridiculous! Such silly rumors are usually 'connected' by those who have a flimsy grasp on reality.
Aug. 2, 2012, 8:24 am
Mark from Bay Ridge says:
No need to insult me, Chuck. I merely stated my opinion. Only time will tell if Summer Stroll benefits our neighborhood and not just a handful of restaurant and bar owners and their wait staff. We should know for sure in a few weeks.
Aug. 2, 2012, 9:06 am
Kitty says:
The assault was "unprovoked" and carried out by a "maniac" "madman". It had nothing to do with the restaurant, the bouncers or the Summer Stroll event which ended 2 HOURS before this even took place. But thanks for playing, Mark. We have some nice parting gifts for you backstage.
Aug. 2, 2012, 11:27 am
Mark from Bay Ridge says:
You don't think the "maniac madman" was drinking at 3rd Avenue establishments during Summer Stroll? Think he just showed up at Cebu after the stroll ended? Possible, but rather unlikely. Let's face it, Summer Stroll encourages not only dining, but drinking and with that comes problems. Next stroll is 8-10, let's hope there are no more incidents.
Aug. 2, 2012, 12:22 pm
Karen V from Bensonhurst says:
You can relate the event to anything you want. Stand by for the updated report on how two females were brutally attacked less than 24 hours prior to this attack... in the SAME BAR - cause by the SAME BOUNCERS! A Nurse Manager and another female... victims of unprovoked assault by two men and a woman in Cebu 7/27.
Aug. 2, 2012, 6:37 pm
Gary says:
I've dined at Cebu countless times and I've never been attacked or hit in the back of the head with a bottle. Sometimes its the company you keep. Just sayin'
Aug. 3, 2012, 11:35 am
BOOM BOOM MANCINI from bay ridge says:
Idiots blame the workers look at the big picture if owner mike esposito family member of john esposito commander in chief i police plaza. i do what i want in 68th pct also. forget internal affairs the federales should step in. if my daddy or uncle had pull like that i would abouse it to . lets blame the illegal busboy with no documents work off the books or the bouncers that come and go or the the new wave of italians . obama help! the only esposito i remember played for the rangers.
Aug. 4, 2012, 5:35 am
German says:
Boom Boom, you sound like a disgruntled ex-employee at an internet cafe searching Craigslist for job openings. Those of us who know Dr. Fred know the "real" story and it's got nothing to do with Mike or his Uncle. I'm sorry you were fired for stealing money for the register, Boom Boom, but don't take it out on them.
Aug. 4, 2012, 10:27 am
Grow Up from Bklyn says:
German - Many of us know Dr. Fred... many ALSO know the two girls attacked the night before Dr. Fred. Mike and his uncle are as MUCH to blame as the assailants. Unless you want to help, you should really mind your business and stop criticizing people you do NOT know
Aug. 4, 2012, 11:42 am
teddy rukspin from dyker says:
if u dont blame the head people than u blame the help and customers everyone we have a winner his uncle or his father oops
Aug. 4, 2012, 12:38 pm
Grandad from bayside says:
Cebu is glorified along with the show mob wives in one of the clips, how can a place hold a clip with alleged criminals, than on the other hand switch it all around as a front for the owners to consider it a legitimate business with good relation with local authority. its either one or the other playing both sides is disgrace. I cannot believe some comments girl alleged gets hurt a dr. and or even if wasnt profession whats next bring back mayor dinkins,koch, and sugar hill gang.
Aug. 5, 2012, 2 am
Ban from Arabson says:
Like any street event held in Bay Ridge, undesirables from areas like sunset park often frequent it. In the case of the assault at CEBU, the assailant was a Hispanic from another neighborhood that crawled in from the street to the establishment.
Maybe the Jews have a point in building that wall in Israel.
Aug. 5, 2012, 3:37 pm
SS from BayRidge says:
This is not the first time .... I can't understand why people is so into this place, the food is also bad!!!
Hope they find these crazy attackers and close down the place.... There are plenty of other great restaurants/bars in BayRidge where you can hang out, have drinks and get home safe!!!
Aug. 5, 2012, 6:44 pm
wneo309324eu from wow says:
wow forget nationality,religion and thank you for the accusation of person u will be notified thru computer by authority
Aug. 6, 2012, 12:01 am
German says:
Grow Up from Bklyn: It's a free country. I will chime in when, where and however I want.
Aug. 6, 2012, 3:48 pm
Ok from Bayridge says:
Wheres Mambo Italiano oh yeah its cebu now and why are there so many sink holes
Aug. 9, 2012, 11:03 pm
Miss Focus from Bayridge says:
I have known Dr. Fred for years as a doctor to my family and myself. He is a gentleman and cares for his patients not just as a doctor, but as a human being. I suspect some dumba** didn't like how Dr. Fred looked at him when he was arguing with the woman. And for those who think it was an "outsider" and not a Bayridgite or a non-white - think again. I'm white (and a Bayridge resident) and just like any other race we have the best of people but we also have some of the worst.
Aug. 11, 2012, 2:49 pm
RI from Dyker Heights says:
This is one of the many reasons I dont spend time in Bay Ridge anymore. Unfortunately there is a new element moving in and the area has changed for the worse. It is a sad reality. Bay Ridge was a really nice area. Now you have to watch your back. It is not like it used to be. Dr. Fred is a really nice guy. He frequents my gym. Total class act. He is not the type of person who looks for problems. I wish you the best doc. Dont let something like this get you down.
Jan. 8, 2013, 9:04 am

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