Double stabbing investigation shuts down local bar

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Liz Provencher.

Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Cathy Lanier said she would shut down a local bar, Barcode, for 96 hours for police to investigate a double stabbing that occurred there on Sunday night, according to The Washington Post.

Robinson Pal, 29, was at the bar on 17th and L streets Sunday night around 11:30 p.m. when a large fight broke out, Borderstan, a community news site that focuses on Northwest D.C., reported Tuesday. Pal and another man, whom police did not identify, were both stabbed during the altercation.

Pal died shortly after the assault and the other man was treated at GW Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, the news site reported.

An “unruly and aggressive crowd” were gathered at Barcode that night, according to authorities. Police arrived on the scene in an attempt to restore order and found a bloody knife and broken glass scattered on the bar, Borderstan reported.

MPD also requested to revoke Barcode’s liquor license following the homicide, the news organization reported. MPD posted a letter from Lanier to D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration requesting the license’s revocation on the bar’s door.

“This homicide can be connected directly to the operations of ‘Bar-Code’ and it is clear from from the violent outcome that the safety of residents and visitors to the city was severely endangered,” Lanier said in the letter.

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