Karma nightclub stabbing update - KLFY News 10

Karma nightclub stabbing update


State officials say they are investigating the alleged stabbing at Karma Nightclub and Lounge on Saturday.

"We'll make some determinations on whether or not any violations happened as well as the potential for any fines or suspensions," says Troy Hebert, Commissioner for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Hebert says Alcohol and Tobacco Control (or ATC) says the alleged stabbing alone wouldn't mean Karma Nightclub and Lounge would lose their liquor license or was in violation of their 14 term agreement, reached last week with ATC.

"If they were not in breach of those terms than certainly it's going to be chalked up as an unfortunate incident," says Hebert.

Hebert says Term No. 8 from the agreement with ATC, requiring Karma to retain the services of eight to 10 security personnel is of particular concern to ATC investigators.

"What ATF is going to look at is exactly what type of security did Karma provide at the night of this incident to make sure they are in compliance with the agreements that were made," says Hebert.

Damarius Dauterive, 25, of Loreauville says a cellphone video shown exclusively to KLFY depicts two unidentified males allegedly stabbing him inside Karma on Saturday with security guards looking on.

"When the fight started he moved out the way and ain't never tried to stop it or nothing," says Dauterive.

Dauterive's brother-in-law, Clarance Jones, 33, of New Iberia, also says security guards stood back as a club goer with a dark colored, long sleeve shirt was allegedly stabbing him in his right arm before walking over to Dauterive.

"I had tried to get away from the knife, but he had hit me four or five times already," says Jones.

Both Dauterive and Jones have hired attorney Alicia Johnson Butler to look into the matter, Butler says they will be holding "all persons and entities liable and or responsible for damages sustained by both."

Lafayette Police say the matter is still under investigation and owners of Karma have yet to be reached for comment.  

Karma nightclub patrons allege stabbing

Two individuals are alleging they were victims of stabbings Friday night at Karma Night Club and Lounge in Downtown Lafayette.

Twenty five year old Damarius Dauterive of Loreauville and thirty three year old Clarance Jones of New Iberia say they ran out of Karma around 1:00 A.M. with multiple stab wounds and drove to University Medical Center for treatment.

Damarius Dauterive says an exchange of words turned violent at Karma nightclub and lounge early Saturday morning.

Dauterive: "Somebody was trying to pick pocket me and when I realized he was digging in my pocket I turned around and when I turned around and I asked you know what you're doing and he started talking smart whatever, whatever and we start fighting.""

That's when Dauterive's brother-in-law, Clarance Jones, says he got involved.

Jones "The dude pulled out a knife, whoever pulled out a knife and started stabbing us.""

Jones says he was unable to identify his attacker who allegedly stabbed him three times in his right arm.

Jones "I don't even know there was so many of them.""

Dauterive also says he is unable to identify his attacker.

Dauterive "It was dark in the club I really couldn't tell."

And says it wasn't until after the altercation that he realized he had been stabbed three times in the back and once in his right thigh.

"Right after the fight I walked to the bathroom in the club and when I got into the bathroom I saw that I had blood leaking down my leg.""

Paul Mouton, spokesman for Lafayette Police, says they will be investigating the alleged incident, even without a suspect description.

Mouton "There's video surveillance there so that's one of the things our investigators will look at.""

The stabbing is currently under investigation. We were unable to reach the owners of Karma for comment.

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