Portsmouth bar assault suspect held on $250k bail
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (WHDH) -- A man accused of a deadly attack inside a New Hampshire bar was held on $250,000-cash bail Wednesday.
Joshua Krantz, 24, told his friends he just wanted to go home and sleep after he was beaten in the head at the Page Bar in Portsmouth Friday night. Krantz never woke up.
Krantz (pictured below) was found dead in his apartment Saturday by his roommate, Seth Crisp.
“I don’t know. I guess something just said, ‘wake him up’ I guess. I don’t know. It was kind of weird the way it happened I guess. It’s something I’m thinking about a lot,” Crisp said.
Suspect Zachary O’Neill was in court Thursday. Prosecutors said he blindsided Krantz and repeatedly hit him from behind because the victim accidentally spilled a drink on him.
“He waited till that time when the bar was closing to initiate this assault because he knew he was going to get thrown out, your honor. He didn’t want it to wreck his evening,” said a prosecutor.
“There’s no provocation, there’s no reason that this had to happen,” said an official.
The bar’s owner claims his staff broke up the attack.
“My security was there. We grabbed him immediately and took him out. We went to [the victim] Josh, we asked him if he was okay, he said, ‘I’m fine.’ Security asked him if he wanted medical attention, he said, ‘no.’ And we said, ‘Are you sure? We’ll get you some medical attention,’ and he said, ‘Not necessary. I just want to get my friends and go home,’” said the bar’s owner.
“There isn’t going to be bleeding or necessarily bruising, which is why it’s so important for police and medical personnel to be called to look for those indicators,” said an official.
Court documents said Krantz complained of a headache and his roommates heard him snoring loudly at 3 a.m. Saturday. Krantz died hours later from a fractured skull.
O’Neill is being charged with assault, but a homicide charge is possible.
“No one should ever have to deal with that and just really feel for his sister and his parents,” said Crisp.
Court paperwork says O’Neill bragged to his friends, saying he just performed a “haymaker” move. Paperwork also states O’Neill told police, “What’s the big deal, it was just a bar fight”.
O’Neill was held on $250,000-cash bail.