D.C. Police Chief Shuts Down Nightclub After Stabbing

Island Cafe closed for 96 hours

By Brandon Benavides
|  Sunday, Mar 11, 2012  |  Updated 10:23 AM EDT
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Darcy Spencer reports on the Island Cafe in Northwest Washington that was temporarily closed by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier after a stabbing Saturday morning.

NBCWashington.com - Darcy Spencer

Darcy Spencer reports on the Island Cafe in Northwest Washington that was temporarily closed by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier after a stabbing Saturday morning.

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has officially shut down the Island Cafe on Upshur Street in Petworth following a stabbing early Saturday morning.

Police told News4 the man was stabbed in the stomach while arguing with another man at around 2 a.m. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.
 
This isn’t the first time Lanier has ordered the Island Café closed. She gave the same order in March 2008 after a man was shot inside the same club.
 
Lanier's order is officially an emergency closure of the club that will be in effect for up to 96 hours, pending a hearing by the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The order went into effect at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

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