Police make arrest in Martini Ranch stabbing

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Gilbert man is in custody in connection with a stabbing at Scottsdale nightclub Martini Ranch last month.

On June 24, Scottsdale police were called to the club in Old Town Scottsdale in reference to a stabbing injury. The 34 year old victim stated that he was stabbed multiple times from behind as he was heading down the stairs to leave the club.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He was later released.

On Monday, July 1, detectives located the suspect, 29-year-old Simon Lewis, in a room at the Sheraton Desert Oasis Hotel at 17700 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. Lewis was taken into custody without incident.He faces one count of Aggravated Assault.

This was the second stabbing at Martini Ranch this year. Former Arizona State University football player Tyrice Thompson was stabbed in January while working as a bouncer at the bar. He died nearly a week later.

Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane made this statement:

"The two incidents at Martini Ranch in the last six months, although isolated, demonstrate the need to improve safety in Scottsdale's bars and nightclubs. We are working collaboratively with our business community toward that end.

"Since the tragic death of Tyrice Thompson in February, the city has been working with business owners across Scottsdale to develop meaningful rules and regulations to address safety at entertainment establishments. That process has been thorough and thoughtful, involving many different people and businesses. Based on those discussions, a Security and Fire Plan Ordinance has been drafted. That local ordinance contains many things we believe will improve safety at bars and nightclubs throughout Scottsdale: it will require certain staffing levels and training for security personnel,  the mandatory hiring of off-duty police officers in certain situations, as well as a written public safety plan subject to review and approval by the Scottsdale police chief.

"The city will host public meetings in July to gather the public's thoughts and feedback on the draft ordinance. After that, the ordinance will be taken to the City Council for consideration and hopeful adoption.

"While we can't prevent every irrational act, those of us working together on these solutions are confident that these steps will make Scottsdale entertainment establishments safer."

Public meeting schedule for introduction of proposed ordinance:

July 16, 10 a.m.
Scottsdale Human Resources, Pinnacle Training Room
7575 E. Main St., Scottsdale

July 24, 10 a.m.
Scottsdale District 3 Police Station, Community Room
9065 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale

The public can get more information, read the proposed ordinance and provide additional feedback at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov.