Cops close to arrest after Bay Ridge bar fight

July 1, 2015 Meaghan McGoldrick
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Cops are closing in on the suspect in a quadruple stabbing at Bay Ridge watering hole The Hideout, 8415 Fifth Avenue, that took place in the early hours of Sunday, June 28.

“We have a person of very much interest,” 68th Precinct Captain Raymond Festino told this paper on Tuesday, June 30, just minutes before the dispute was discussed at the precinct’s monthly meeting. “The investigation is still ongoing. The incident was very specific to that location [as it was] a dispute that went on within the location.”

The incident occurred following an argument between the suspect and another patron, leading him to pull a knife inside the bar just before 1 a.m. The altercation left four men, ages 26 to 45, to recover from superficial wounds at Lutheran Medical Center.

One man was stabbed in the torso and armpit, two men in the back and the fourth in the leg. According to the captain, three victims were patrons and the fourth was the bar’s bouncer who was slashed when he intervened.

“[It was a] machismo kind of thing that got a little out of hand,” Festino said during the meeting.

An e-mail from the 68th Precinct Community Council urged that it “wants the community to rest assured that there is nothing to be concerned of, as again, these stabbings were the result of the fight.”

Furthermore, Festino told us, The Hideout has been hit with multiple violations.

Still, he went on, “the bar is cooperating with us and we are very hopeful for an arrest within the next few days.”

Bar employees declined to comment as the investigation is still ongoing.

“[This is] not going to be tolerated in the bars of Bay Ridge,” Festino told 68th Precinct Community Council members. “It hasn’t been in the past and won’t be going forward.”

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