Bouncer arrested in connection to fatal Bay Ridge bar stabbing

scene of bay ridge stabbing
A man was fatally stabbed at Bay Ridge bar Catch 22 just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, April 7.
Photo by Paul DeLuca

A 43-year-old man was arrested and charged over the weekend in connection to a fatal stabbing at a rowdy Bay Ridge bar.

Maurice Hartridge was charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon on April 13 for his alleged involvement in the death of 37-year-old Daryl Dawkins on April 7.

Hartridge was reportedly bouncing at Catch 22, near the corner of 72nd Street and Third Avenue, when an argument broke out inside the watering hole. Dawkins was escorted out just before 3 a.m. that Sunday morning, police said, after which a fight broke out outside.

According to NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said, surveillance video obtained by police shows the man swinging at one of the bouncers, after which a scuffle ensued — ending with Hartridge stabbing Dawkins once in the chest.

He was rushed just over a mile away to NYU Langone-Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested Hartridge — a Bronx resident — within the confines of Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct on Saturday. He was arraigned Sunday at Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Dawkins — a father-of-three with a fourth child on the way — lived from Pennsylvania, but grew up in Brooklyn. He traveled back and forth to be with his girlfriend, the Daily News reported.