Second Arrest Made in Fatal Stabbing Inside DC Nightclub Barcode

A second man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man inside a downtown D.C. nightclub, police announced Wednesday. 

Devonta Johnson is facing a murder two charge in the stabbing death of 29-year-old Robinson Pal.

Police say Johnson and Antoine Byrd stabbed Pal on Jan. 31 inside Barcode, a popular nightclub located in the 1100 block of 17th Street NW. Byrd was arrested last month and charged with murder one while armed.

A witness told police Pal pointed out a person in the club who had robbed him, according to the arrest warrant. When Pal approached the alleged robber, later identified as Byrd, he grabbed Pal by the neck while another man stabbed Pal in the upper body, the witness told police.

The witness told police he was stabbed in the hand while trying to grab the knife.

Pal of Riverdale, Maryland, died at the hospital about an hour after the stabbing, according to the arrest warrant. The witness was treated and released. 

Pal was scheduled to fly to California the next day for a vacation before starting a new job.

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