The Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating a Northwest, D.C. bar fight that led to the fatal stabbing of a Riverdale, Maryland man and the injury of another victim on Jan.31, according to the department. “The case remains open and detectives are actively investigating all leads,” Aquita Brown, a spokesperson for the metropolitan police, told the AFRO on Feb.9. The altercation happened on the 1100 block of 17th Street NW inside of Barcode, a downtown restaurant and lounge, according to police.
Officers responded to a report of a man down. They found two men suffering from stab wounds. Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. One of the victims, 29-year-old Robinson Pal, died from his injuries.
Investigators are reviewing video footage from inside the bar to gather information about the violent incident, police reported during a news conference on Feb.1. During that conference, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she shutdown Barcode for 96 hours because of the stabbing.
Some of Barcode’s customers are displeased with the dangers of going clubbing in the city. “It’s ridiculous that you can’t go out and party in D.C. anymore,” said Shawnte Marrow, 35. “We used to be able to go out and dance and have a good time, but now going out means risking your life.”
Marrow’s husband is a bouncer at a nightclub near Barcode and she said he comes home some nights with bruises from breaking up fights inside of the club. “There should be an earlier cut off time for serving alcohol,” she said. “Fights always happen when people get too drunk.”
Marrow said she wants the D.C. liquor law to require licensed businesses to stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m.
Post Publication Update: On Feb. 17 United States Marshalls arrested 35-year-old Antoine Byrd in connection with the stabbing. He is charged with first degree murder while armed.