D.C. Police Chief Shuts Down Nightclub After Stabbing

Island Cafe closed for 96 hours

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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. (Published Monday, Mar 12, 2012)

    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.