Security concerns in Scottsdale after two stabbings at popular nightclub

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the second time in about six months, Scottsdale Police are investigating a stabbing at Martini Ranch in Old Town. Investigators say a man was stabbed multiple times from behind while trying to leave the club just before 2 a.m. Monday.

“It is life threatening; a guy got stabbed at Martini Ranch,” a bouncer told the 911 dispatcher.

Police are still searching for the suspect. A spokesman from Scottsdale Police says the victim underwent surgery and is expected to be okay.

This latest stabbing follows the death of Tyrice Thompson, a former ASU football player who was working security at Martini Ranch when he was killed while on the job in February.

“There’s been a lot of violence,” said D’Lisa Shayn who owns Salon D’Shayn, just around the corner.“I feel it’s somewhat out of control."

She told 3TV her building has been tagged by graffiti, hit by a car, and says she’ll never forget the blood she found on the sidewalk last year.

“I had to come in and literally clean blood off of the sidewalk,” said Shayn. “Someone actually left a knife and bloody t-shirt on the steps. There was blood everywhere.”

A picture of the incident was posted on a Facebook page created to compile the concerns of nearby businesses, including Bill Crawford’s gym on the edge of Old Town.

“We need more boots on the ground in downtown Scottsdale,” said Crawford. “The trap is set for all these incidents to just continue to happen because we have not responded to public safety needs in downtown Scottsdale.”

The Mayor of Scottsdale says ever since the stabbing death of Tyrice Thompson, the city has been working with business owners across Scottsdale to develop rules and regulations to address safety.

A proposed ordinance has been drafted which would require certain staffing levels and training for security personal, as well as hiring of off-duty police officers in certain situations, according to the city.

Public hearings are scheduled for July 16th and July 24th.

“If they get around to passing it this year, it would be great,” said Crawford. “We would support it, but what we’ve seen so far is foot dragging.”

D’Lisa Shayn worries that if concerns aren’t addressed, the reputation of Scottsdale could suffer.
“I love to have a great time, but I want to know that I'm protected, that my business is protected; the people who come down here should be protected," she said.

Meanwhile, Martini Ranch released a statement calling the two stabbings random, isolated and beyond their control.

It reads in part: “As always, we will continue to re-evaluate our security protocols with our in-house staff, as well as consult with Scottsdale Police, to ensure the safest environment possible for our staff and patrons.”

You can find more information on the new proposed ordinance online.