WASHINGTON – After nearly three weeks without an arrest, the Metropolitan Police Department has released security video of the December stabbings at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon that injured five people and resulted in the bar’s liquor license being suspended.
The grainy black-and-white surveillance footage shows a fight breaking out in the bar area. Afterwards, a group of people are seen leaving the club and a man exits through a garage door..
Five people were stabbed in the incident and the weapon was never found.
Following the attack, the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s investigation found serious security lapses the night the incident occurred including that an employee may have helped the attacker escape with the weapon.
“That tape showed one of your security personnel who was working that night wearing a red shirt with an off-duty bouncer for your establishment opening the roll up garage door…and allowing an unknown individual who could have been the assailant to exit. That individual appeared to have blood on his hands,” according to the board’s report.
The board also discovered that the club was over capacity that night, staff did not initially cooperate with the police, and a bar employee was seen tampering with the crime scene by wiping blood off the floor.
McMcFadden’s permanently closed after the report was released, according to the chairman of the neighborhood’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission Patrick Kennedy. Despite that, the Beverage Control Board has scheduled a hearing to consider whether to permanently revoke the bar’s liquor license.
D.C. police are hopeful that by releasing the video, someone can identify the three persons of interest.
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