Fatal Stabbing at Barcode Last Night, “Police are still on the scene investigating”

by Prince Of Petworth February 1, 2016 at 8:51 am 40 Comments

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From MPD:

“Crime Alert – There was a fatal stabbing last night inside the Barcode located at 1101 17th Street NW. Police are still on the scene investigating. There are no street closures at this time.”

Alan Henney tweeted:

“DOUBLE CLUB STABBING- Bar-Code at 1101 17th St NW-DC. 1 man critical, other serious. Crime scene INSIDE club.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred inside of an establishment in the 1100 block of 17th Street, Northwest.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, at approximately 11:40 pm members of the Second District responded to an establishment for the report of a man down. Upon arrival members located two adult male victims suffering from stab wounds. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported both victims to local hospitals for treatment. The first victim is in stable condition. The second victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 29-year-old Robinson Pal of Riverdale, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • annonny

    Tip to MPD – please investigate whatever “party promoter” was behind Sunday night’s event at barcode. The pattern is clear: downtown venue starts as a restaurant, party promoter pumps up venue to his mailing list of low lifes, venue becomes an off-hours “club” replete with trashy clientele and antisocial behavior, patron winds up getting shot/stabbed/killed (see: Heritage India, New Zanzibar, Cafe Asia, McFaddens, Balletto). There’s gotta be some creative legal hook to tie this violence to the people creating this problem.

    • Anonymous2

      Unless the promoter was responsible for providing security, the club will be liable for the incident. Even if it was a party promoted by a third party it would be a waste of time to get the promo list, which probably has thousands of people on it, to try and weed out who was there and who wasn’t. Best bet is security cam footage.

    • Anon

      Not defending this establishment, but I don’t think the “restaurant + promoter = crime” model (e.g. Heritage India) applies here.

      “Bar” is in the name of the establishment, and while I realize there aren’t many true bars in DC, I’m pretty sure this place has always had “nightlife.”

      Now, it is certainly possible that they got in bed with the wrong promoter which led to this incident, but I honestly haven’t been there in years (and am somewhat surprised it is still open).

      • ere

        Always wondered about this. Why are there so few actual bars in DC?

        • Anon


          • OriginalAnon

            Most “bars” in DC are not bars. There are three kinds of liquor licenses “nightclub”, “tavern” and “restaurant”. Restaurants are “easier” to get, but require a lot of your total revenue to be from food.

          • Anon

            I feel like this is splitting hairs to no apparent end. I presume most neighborhoods don’t want just “bars” given the public perception of moral impropriety of such establishments.

    • stacksp

      Lanier will shutdown BarCode for a few days. The Owner of BarCode will be called for a hearing. Said owner will cease to do business with the promoter(s) involved in the incident. BarCode will pay a fine, re-open and go about its business. Promoter will search the city for a new club to do business with.

    • Barcode did not “start as a restaurant”, it’s been exactly this type of place since it opened.

      • ExWalbridgeGuy

        well, Barcode is a very different place during the week and on the weekend

  • petworther

    It looks like Don Juan’s in Mt P was hit with a 96 hour closure by MPD. Did something happen there recently too?

    • anon

      Neighborhood gossip is that it has something to do with not selling the correct ratio of food to alcohol, as required by their ‘restaurant license’. I got a plea from a neighbor asking us to place carry out food orders in order to try to bump the ratio higher for food sales.

      • APinMTP

        Wouldn’t that be a DCABC issue and go through their process instead of a police cooling off closure?

  • Dan

    Crimes like these usually result in automatic liquor license suspension, right? The Reef, NYNYdiva, McFaddens, etc.

    I’m not familiar with this bar, so I have little to ad besides that.

    • ***

      The few times I have been there, it’s not terribly surprising something like this would happen.

  • wobber

    Maybe I’m old but why is “clubbing” on a Sunday night a thing? Who goes out late night on Sunday night? Do these clubbers go to work the next morning? Is the clientele mostly composed of service industry folks? Just curious.

    I know not everybody works a 9-5 Mon-Friday but I’m wondering if there is more to it than that?

    • Caroline

      I did it when I was younger and could function on less sleep.

      • gdrea0318

        People go out on Sunday nights all the time, whether it is going to a bar and staying until 12:30am or going out clubbing, what difference does it make?

        Back in the day when there were little to no ‘bars’ in DC and only lounges and nightclubs my friends and I would go clubbing at Eyebar on Tuesday nights and the place was always PACKED. Ah, memories!

    • stacksp

      Day parties that start out with Brunch and cocktails that go into the night. Barcode and Gryphon have brunch on Sundays

    • Anon

      A person liable to stab another isn’t likely to be a white-collar office drone.

      • gdrea0318

        True, they are more likely to run a ponzi scheme and embezzle money.

        • Anon


        • Accountering

          Or, you know, wake up and go to work 5 days a week, pay a mortgage, do the normal things that professionals do.

        • anonymous

          You realize this makes no sense, right? Just sayin’.

      • divebar311

        Maybe your statement should read ‘a person less likely to go to a nightclub AND stab another isn’t likely to be a white collar office drone’? Being a white collar worker does not mean you are not likely to stab someone. Do you ever watch the news?

        • Accountering

          Uhh, your probabilities are WAY off. Being a white collar worker pretty much means by definition you aren’t going to stab someone. Sure, there are anecdotes, but the 9-5 white collar working population is by far the most stable and boring cohort out there.

    • Los

      My old receptionist was also a barlady at a club on weekends. So she partied on Sunday’s along with all of her very very attractive co-workers

      • Sam

        What does being “very very attractive” have to do with anything. Sounds like you were way too creepy to your receptionist. Gross.

  • Neutorious

    This would have never happened at the Fourth Estate.

    • Craig

      This would not have happened at Ha’ Penny Lion either. Great happy hour joint to visit during the 1990s.

  • ustreetmayor

    Somehow I am not surprised to read about this. Just by the times I have driven by there and seen the lines to get in, I had a gut feeling that something like this was bound to happen sooner or later.

    • B

      What about the lines gave you that gut feeling? Just curios…

      • Grant Circle

        They were made up of people waving around knives muttering “I can’t wait to stab someone.”

        • womp


    • donny

      Was it the type of people in line that made you suspect this? There are lines to get into every bar on 14th and U Streets on Fri and Sat nights, do you have the same suspicion for El Centro, Saint Ex, Marvin, Brixton, etc.? Just trying to figure out how you drew your conclusion.

      • anon

        Oh good lord, are we supposed to be all nervous now about stereotyping late-night stabby nighlclub patrons? Give me a break.

  • tom

    This seems like a more upscale establishment. I would have though this would have priced out a lot of the knife and gun crowd. Sure, professionals aren’t angels and have a propensity to get in stupid fights when drinking. But, they generally don’t bring weapons with them and start stabbing and shooting.

    Who is it that has the means to visit these places and the propensity to bring weapons? Drug dealers and high dollar gangsters?

  • ExWalbridgeGuy

    Funny thread because some of y’all are clearly only familiar with weekday Barcode and some of y’all are only familiar with weekend Barcode. They might as well be two totally different establishments…

  • jd

    Hello Mr Mc Stabbin – your table is ready.
    Someone needs to do a yelp review – ambience “stabby”

  • Anon

    It is fascinating to read so many illinforned comments regarding the establishment and the unfortunate situation that occurred on Subday night. Thid discussion is pathetic. Observations regarfing the customer base of Barcode, rumor based notations regarding their liquor license as it pertains to Lanier’s decision to close the establishment for 96 hours, and the comments that including “back in the day”, mske it clear that some people just like the sound of their own keyboard clicks. I am quite familiar with the entire staff and multiple owners and investors from day one. I simply urge those of you who have nothing better to do to stay out of it.


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