Casino security guard dies after subduing assault suspect

Posted at 3:57 PM, May 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-07 15:57:19-04

A security guard at Seneca Niagara Casino died Saturday after going into cardiac arrest, according to The Buffalo News.

The newspaper says Thomas Dardes faced the complication after detaining a man, Quynshod Johnson-Taylor, 23, who reportedly punched a woman in the throat inside the casino's Stir nightclub. The victim says she met Johnson-Taylor through an online dating site, according to The Buffalo News. Reports say he arranged to meet at the nightclub and got mad when she refused to let him take her home, leading to the punch.

Niagara Falls police told The Buffalo News Johnson-Taylor tried leaving the area after assaulting the woman just before 3 a.m. Dardes was working security and caught the suspect.

The Buffalo News reports casino employees told police that Dardes was out of breath and looked pale after detaining the man. The article says he went to another room to lie down and went into cardiac arrest, according to police.

The Buffalo News says Dardes was pronounced dead at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center shortly after the incident.

Johnson-Taylor was charged with menacing and harassment for punching the woman, according to the news outlet. The Buffalo News says it is unclear whether or not he will be receive additional charges because of Dardes' death.