Map: Martini Ranch
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Police are searching for a suspect after a man was stabbed multiple times at a nightclub in Old Town Scottsdale early Monday morning.
Police were called to Martini Ranch near Scottsdale and Camelback roads shortly before 2 a.m.
The 34-year-old victim told police that he was stabbed from behind as he was heading down the stairs to leave the club.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He underwent surgery and is no longer considered to be in life-threatening condition, according to Scottsdale police.
The suspect was described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a red and black baseball cap, dark shirt, jeans and red shoes.
Police do not have a motive at this time.
This is 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.
Statement from Martini Ranch:
In light of recent events that have taken place at Martini Ranch, we would like to state that we take the well-being of our patrons and our staff very seriously and we take the utmost precaution to make our establishment as safe as possible for them. Unfortunately, there are (sic) have been two instances that were beyond our control where isolated, random acts of violence have taken place. These acts were perpetrated by individuals who acted maliciously and deliberately to injure and maim others. The acts were done instantly and not preceded by any commotion or disturbance to alert our staff of a problem and therefore were impossible to prevent. As always we will continue to re-evaluate our security protocols with our in-house staff, as well as to consult with Scottsdale Police, to ensure the safest environment possible for our staff and patrons. Lastly, we hope for the perpetrators of these cowardly acts to be swiftly brought to justice and we wish the family and friends of the victims our sincerest sympathies and hope that this is the last of these unfortunate events.
Statement from Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane:
"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.