According to MetroNews, The Voice of West Virginia, a stabbing took place on July 9th, 2021, at the Baby Squirrel Saloon located on High Street.
Police were called to the scene around 1:20 a.m. to find one man injured from a stabbing wound. The Morgantown Fire Department and EMS personnel aided the victim before he was taken to the Ruby Memorial Hospital.
The police were able to identify the suspect thanks to the witnesses at the scene. A 36-year-old man, James Henderson, from North Canton, Ohio, was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. Henderson is awaiting arraignment at the Monongalia County magistrate court.
Attorney contributor and experience violent crime attorney, Paul Bucci, has a wide range of experience representing victims of violent crimes. Paul has offered the following insight on the rights of victims stabbed inside of a bar.
"It is important to understand that property owners have a legal obligation to provide safety to the people that step foot on the property, and this is especially true for bars and clubs. Bar owners should do their best to make sure they have sufficient security measures in place to protect their staff and patrons. This can include hired guards, surveillance cameras inside and outside the building, and properly trained staff. Even adding metal detectors could help prevent the chance of foreseeable crimes, such as stabbings."
"If certain safety measures are not implemented, the property owners or management could be considered negligent, and the bar or club could be deemed liable. Negligence could include the lack of increased security due to the increase in the crime rate for the area. In negligence cases, the victims and victim's families need to understand that they have possible grounds for a civil lawsuit and could even receive compensation for damages. At this time, it would benefit the victim or victim's family to retain the aid of an experienced violent crime attorney."