Police in New Bedford are investigating a stabbing that left one man wounded at Jalice Cafe on the 1400 block of Acushnet Avenue. The incident happened at around 1:53 a.m. on Friday, September 14. Officers arrived on the scene and found a male on the premises that had been stabbed.
The victim, who has not been named, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not revealed where the victim was stabbed or if they have any suspects in connection with the stabbing.
This stabbing was not the first violent incident to occur at Jalice Cafe.
In March 2018, New Bedford Police arrested 29-year-old Anyelo Ramiro Ordonez Villatoro for allegedly stabbing a 23-year-old man at the same establishment. That victim was brought to Rhode Island Hospital and treated for an injury to his left lower chest. He was released and expected to survive.
In August 2014, seven people were shot during a fight outside of Jalice Cafe, prompting New Bedford's mayor to call for an investigation into the bar and restaurant. In a hearing a few weeks after the shooting, the bar was ordered to close at 11:30 p.m. for one year and its liquor license was suspended for one week.
Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty helps violent crime victims recover the financial compensation they need and deserve. Here are some of her thoughts on bar owner liability for shootings, stabbings, and other violence:
Bar owners and all other types of property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from preventable dangers, including foreseeable violent crime. The owners of these establishments have a duty to make sure that the business has adequate security measures in place to reduce the risk of violent crime. For example, bars with a history of violent incidents can help reduce the risk of future incidents by requiring guests to be searched for weapons or to walk through metal detectors before entering the bar.
When a shooting or stabbing occurs at a bar, nightclub, or another business because of inadequate or negligent security, those who are injured and the families of those killed during the incident may have grounds for a lawsuit against the bar owner. Taking legal action against negligent businesses helps provide financial compensation for damages related to the crime, such as medical expenses, funeral expenses, therapy costs, pain and suffering, and more.
If you or someone you love was recently injured or killed during a violent incident at a bar or nightclub, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking with an experienced crime victim attorney.