4 stabbed in Providence; nightclub ordered closed for 72 hours

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence nightclub has been ordered closed for three days after four people were stabbed early Monday morning in Providence.

According to city police, a fight broke out at about 1:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Flow nightclub on Cranston Street.

Responding officers arrived to find three men – ages 23, 26, and 28 – suffering from stab wounds behind the laundromat across the street from the club.

Police later learned a fourth victim drove himself to the hospital. According to a spokesperson for Lifespan, three victims were treated and released, and one remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The Providence Board of Licenses held a meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the club’s fate. The board ordered the club closed for 72 hours, until another meeting on the matter Thursday. At that meeting, the BOL could permanently shut the club down or allow it to reopen. Other options include requiring the club to change its security procedures, or requiring the owner to hire police detail.

The board also issued subpoenas to the stabbing victims, some of whom were not cooperative, police said. A subpoena requiring video surveillance from the club will also be issued, after police Sgt. David Tejada testified that the owner declined to give police the video at the scene.

Joseph Sorel, who lives in and manages the building next door to the Flow’s parking lot, said up to 25 people were involved in the fight.

“I heard a bunch of arguing, yelling and screaming: ‘He stabbing him, he’s stabbing him. Where’s a gun'” That’s what caught my attention,” he told Eyewitness News.

He said he hopes the board requires the club to hire a police detail.

Lisa Troll, an employee of the laundromat, said Flow patrons often use the laundromat’s parking lot without permission after it closes. She said the nightclub has been known to have issues during her years working at the laundromat.

“A lot of problems with fights, now you’ve got stabbings, what’s it going to be, shootings next?” said Troll. “What if some innocent person is walking by?”

Police found blood splatter on the sidewalk in front of the nightclub, according to a police report, but no weapons were found. No arrests have been made.

According to the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s business portal, the club is owned by Ambis 829, LLC and managed by Yohanna Sanchez. Sanchez did not response to requests for comment, but Flow’s attorney Nick Hemond told Eyewitness News that the club plans to turn the surveillance video over to police.

“We have no knowledge of who these people are, and believe they were not patrons of the establishment,” Hemond said, adding that the club managers’ hearts go out to the victims.

Hemond added that security guards employed by the club have metal detector wands, and he doesn’t believe someone with a knife could have gotten inside the club. The owner of Flow’s building, Larry Downes, told Eyewitness News he doesn’t believe the nightclub is at fault in any way. He rents the property to the business.

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