The Boston bar, where a bouncer is accused of stabbing a recently fired Marine after refusing him entry, was reportedly suspended indefinitely on Thursday.
Boston police said Sons of Boston, a popular pub near Faneuil Hall, had armed security guards without a permit and failed to call police after the bouncer was allegedly involved in Saturday’s stabbing incident, the Boston Globe reported .
Alvaro Larrama, the 38-year-old bouncer, was being held without bail in Boston City Court on Monday for murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Daniel Martinez outside the bar. He pleaded not guilty.
According to Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden, Martinez, who is from the Chicago area, had recently completed his four-year military service and was visiting a friend in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day.
Investigators said Larrama refused Martinez and his friends entry to the pub but then followed them down the block. According to prosecutors, video surveillance from the area showed an altercation that ended in Martinez being stabbed.
Boston police provided the bar with six licensed premise violations Thursday, the Globe reported. In addition to alleging the bar had armed security guards without authorization and failed to call police after the stabbing incident, police said the owners were responsible for an assault and battery on a customer with a dangerous weapon and failed to investigate the conduct monitor in stores.
The entertainment license — separate from an alcohol license — allowed the bar to hire a DJ or live music, have customers dance, and host karaoke and quiz nights, according to Globe. The license was confiscated by the police and returned to the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing.
The bureau indefinitely suspended the license Monday after finding that the bar’s owner, Causeway Union, LLC, had failed to provide a safety and operational plan when the license was issued a year ago. Until the plan is presented and approved by regulators, the license remains suspended, the newspaper reported.
After Larrama sent Martinez and his friends away from the bar, the sides exchanged words before the bouncer followed the group down the street. According to prosecutors, video surveillance from the area showed Martinez “raising his left hand as if to defend himself” and then hitting Larrama in the head with an aluminum beer bottle. Footage then shows Larrama punching Martinez in the chest, prosecutors said.
Police were called to the area just before 7 p.m. Saturday and found Martinez with a single stab wound to the chest. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced dead at around 7:30 p.m
Larrama returned to the Sons of Boston, washed his hands, threw away his sweatshirt and turned his shirt inside out, police said. He then left the bar through a back exit.
“The heartbreak for Mr. Martinez’s family and all who knew and ministered with him is immeasurable,” Hayden said. “This is also heartbreaking for Boston because it paints a picture of the city that doesn’t really reflect who we are.”
Several of Larrama’s colleagues at the bar identified the bouncer as the person who stabbed Martinez, prosecutors said.
Boston police issued an arrest warrant for Larrama Saturday night. He turned himself in at a Boston police station Monday morning.
Larrama next faces court on April 28.
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