| News |

Update: Sammy Pickel Died After Lodo's Bouncer Put Him in Chokehold

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Update: The Westminster Police Department has revealed that Sammy Pickel has died as a result of injuries he sustained during an altercation at Lodo's Bar & Grill in Westminster early Sunday morning.

Thus far, there have been no arrests in the case.

"This investigation is ongoing," a WPD release notes, "and detectives are currently working to determine if charges will be filed against any of the parties involved."

Our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Sammy Pickel. Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post, 5:56 a.m.: At this writing, according to multiple reports, Sammy Pickel II, 23, is in a coma following an incident at a Westminster night spot.

Pickel is said to have been placed in a chokehold by a bouncer following a scuffle early this past Sunday morning during which Suzette Meacham, his girlfriend, says he was unfairly targeted.

He lost consciousness afterward, and he has yet to wake up again.

Pickel and Meacham have been an item for almost three years, 7News notes, and his Facebook page features plenty of photos showing them together.

Here's one example....

...and another:

However, their world changed radically at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

The two were enjoying a night out at Lodo's Bar & Grill's Westminster branch.

Fox31 reveals that Pickel once worked at the watering hole, which only makes what happened next that much more tragic.

Meacham tells 7News that a woman slapped Pickel on the behind. She responded by telling the woman "that wasn't cool" — after which she "came back with three guys. They pushed Sam and then four bouncers came over and saw him with his hands up for protection and jumped on him."

One of the bouncers allegedly put Pickel in a chokehold and held it for what Meacham estimates as three to five minutes.

Westminster police officers eventually intervened, and Pickel was raced to a nearby hospital.

He remains there today.

And while hope remains, the prognosis isn't promising.

The manager at Lodo's declined to comment about the case to either 7News or Fox31 beyond pointing out that venue personnel are cooperating with police.

Thus far, no charges have been filed.

But Kirk Milliken hopes there will be.

"For me, that's murder," he tells 7News. "I want someone held accountable for this."

We send our best wishes to the friends, family and loved ones of Sammy Pickel.

Look below to see reports from 7News and Fox31.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.