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Hudson, New York - Police Arrest Julian Omar Smith For Stabbing at Half Moon Bar

Half Moon Bar in Hudson
Published: August 28, 2018
By: Stephen Hayward
Last Updated on January 14, 2022

Legal Commentary On This Story Brought To You By Attorney Guy D'Andrea

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Half Moon Bar in Hudson

The Half Moon Bar in Hudson, where a man was seriously injured in a stabbing on August 27.

Hudson Police Arrest Suspect in Half Moon Bar Stabbing

Police have made an arrest in connection with a stabbing that left an unidentified victim severely wounded at the Half Moon Bar in Hudson early Monday morning. 35-year-old Julian Omar Smith is facing charges of second-degree assault and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The incident happened at around 2 a.m. at the Half Moon Bar, located at 48 South Front St. Police believe the stabbing occurred during a physical altercation between Smith and the victim.

The 39-year-old male victim suffered several cuts to his chest and stomach. He was brought to Albany Medical Center for treatment. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries. As of late Monday night, he was still in the hospital and his condition was unknown.

Smith fled the scene of the stabbing, but police obtained a search warrant and found him at his home after speaking with witnesses at the Half Moon Bar. If convicted, Smith faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

Can Bars Be Sued For Negligent Security After A Shooting or Stabbing?

Here is attorney contributor Guy D'Andrea with some discussion of the legal options available to violent crime victims and wondering if they can file a lawsuit for being stabbed:

The patrons of bars and nightclubs have an expectation that they will be reasonably safe. Property owners are legally obligated to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers that could result in injuries to their guests. Guarding against foreseeable violent crime is part of this obligation.

While not all violent crime is foreseeable, some cases of shootings and stabbings in bars or nightclubs may have been preventable by better security. Additionally, sometimes patrons are served alcohol after they'd already become visibly intoxicated and a potential danger to others. In either case, the victims of violent crime could have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner.

In order to determine if you have grounds for a crime victim lawsuit, you will need to discuss the details of your case with an experienced crime victim lawyer.

Location of Half Moon Bar in Hudson


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