Video shows Old Broadway employees holding down, beating patron

The Fargo Police Department is investigating what led up to the confrontation that occurred early Sunday morning.

Old Broadway employees are apparently shown holding down a male patron while one of the employees elbows the man in the head Sunday morning, July 11, in downtown Fargo. Submitted Photo

FARGO — Police are investigating a weekend disturbance outside the Old Broadway in downtown Fargo after a bystander's video appears to have captured a bar employee repeatedly elbowing a customer's head.

Investigators are looking into the confrontation that reportedly occurred early Sunday morning, July 11, outside the bar, restaurant and nightclub at 22 Broadway N., Fargo Police Department spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said Wednesday. The 10-second video that has been viewed at least 5,000 times shows several people holding down a man on the sidewalk outside the Old Broadway.

A man with a long beard who was wearing black pants and a black and red shirt appears to be elbowing the man being held down several times. The bearded man then gets up.

Schindeldecker confirmed the man being held down was a patron of the Old Broadway, and the people holding him were bar staff. It's unclear what happened before the confrontation.


“The investigation is ongoing to learn what happened up until and through the video that has been circulating online,” she said.

Police were not called to the incident, which reportedly happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Schindeldecker said. It was reported to police at 2:07 p.m. Monday as a “delayed disturbance,” she said.

No arrests have been made as of Wednesday, Schindeldecker said. She did not name the people involved.

Old Broadway co-owner Warren Ackley declined a Forum request for comment.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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