Two Men Injured, One Arrested Following Bar Stabbing in Lexington
Two men were stabbed and wounded in a bar fight at the Malabu Pub and Grill on Surfside Drive in Lexington last night. The incident happened shortly before 11 p.m. According to police, a drunken man got into an argument with two other men at the bar. The man then used a cane sword to stab the two men.
One of the victims was brought to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The other was treated for minor injuries.
Police said that other customers at the bar managed to hold down the suspect until police officers arrived on the scene. He has been identified as 62-year-old Kevin M. Jackson and has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Can Bar Owners Be Sued For Shootings and Stabbings?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney would like to add some thoughts on how civil lawsuits can help victims of violent crime:
In the immediate aftermath of a shooting or stabbing, arresting and prosecuting the perpetrator is the top priority. But when victims are recovering from their injuries, or when families are grieving after fatal incidents, it’s important to ask if any third parties were liable for failing to prevent the crime.
When these incidents happen in bars, nightclubs, and other businesses, the owner can be held liable if their negligence allowed the accident to occur. For example, inadequate security measures in a dangerous area could be considered negligence.
Additionally, alcohol vendors can occasionally be held liable if someone they served alcohol to causes an injury to another person. State dram shop laws say that it’s illegal to serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. If a bar or restaurant breaks this law and that person injures someone else (such as in a bar fight or a DUI accident), the victim may have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the vendor.