2015-03-18 / Front Page

Cops Hunt Suspects In Nightclub Stabbing

By LIZ GOFF

Police released these surveillance photos of five men sought in connection with a bloody brawl inside Club Purlieu, located on 36th Avenue near 34th Street in Long Island City.Police released these surveillance photos of five men sought in connection with a bloody brawl inside Club Purlieu, located on 36th Avenue near 34th Street in Long Island City.Police, community leaders and city officials are calling on the State Liquor Authority to investigate and take appropriate action in connection with a bloody brawl that erupted on March 6 inside a Dutch Kills gentlemen’s club.


Police are searching for five suspects who slashed and stabbed members of a crowd inside Club Purlieu, located on 36th Avenue near 34th Street in Long Island City, law enforcement sources said.


Dep. Inspector Kevin Maloney, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, last week briefed members of the Dutch Kills Civic Association on the brawl that erupted inside the club at about 2:47 a.m. Maloney said the violent brawl broke out when a group of men wearing hats symbolizing the Bloods street gang, interrupted members of the Crips gang at a memorial for a fallen Crips member.


The gang members exchanged words and bottles and fists started flying. The brawl turned bloody when five male suspects pulled knives and other sharp objects, stabbing and slashing four men, law enforcement sources said.


Three men suffered deep stab wounds to the head and were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their wounds. A fourth man suffered a large gash to his back and was taken to Cornell University Medical Center, where he remains listed in critical condition, authorities said.


Cops arrested four gang members on stop warrants, including felony assaults and rounded up several others for questioning in the brawl.


Police officials, Community Board 1, and officials at the Dutch Kills Civic Association last week called on the State Liquor Authority to review the incident and take appropriate action to curb any illicit activities inside the club, which is located less than a half-block from two churches and a public high school, and one block from a public elementary school.


“This was complete craziness,” a local resident said. “These guys were driving the wrong way along 36th Avenue to get away from the cops, they were throwing bottles and punching each other and running away in all directions.


“Those cops deserve a lot of credit for stopping the madness,” the resident said. “Those guys were running all over the place, cursing, throwing bottles and throwing punches. Some of them weren’t hurt, but their clothes were covered with blood, and they just kept on fighting until they realized they were surrounded by police.”


Police last week released surveillance photos of four men sought in connection with the brawl and are urging anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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