Man Dies After Beating Outside Philly Club

PHILADELPHIA — An Upper Darby man allegedly beaten unconscious by employees of the Oasis Gentleman’s Club on Oct. 16 died Monday of a head injury.

Police said they plan to charge his alleged attackers with murder.

James Koons, 31, the father of two young children, died at 6:11 p.m. Monday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, according to police. Koons died of blunt-force head trauma, according to autopsy results. His death was ruled a homicide.

Murder charges are pending against the three men allegedly involved in the altercation that led to Koons’ death.

Police said Koons and George Foreacre were thrown out of the Essington Avenue club Oct. 16 for being too rowdy. When Koons discovered he had left his credit card at the club, he and Foreacre returned to get it.

While waiting for his card to be returned, there was an altercation outside of the club, police said. Koons was punched in the head and collapsed. He was transported to HUP, where he remained on life support until Tuesday, police said.

Assault and attempted homicide charges were filed against club owner Robert Laflar, 43, manager Brendan Davis, 32, both of Oreland, Montgomery County, and bouncer John Pettit, 48, of Pensauken, N.J.,

Police said Wednesday that they expect the criminal complaints against the three suspects would be amended to add the charge of murder.


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