D.C. police have released photographs of two persons of interest in connection with the stabbing of five people inside a popular Foggy Bottom bar.
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon on Pennsylvania Avenue was closed last week after investigators alleged a member of the security team helped the suspect escape and others tampered with the crime scene.
McFadden's license to sell alcohol at its restaurant was suspended by the ABC Board after investigators said staffers at the establishment initially refused to cooperate and one of the men stabbed inside the bar was underage.
According to a report filed by the District's ABC Board, the fight began near the photo booth with several people celebrating a birthday.
The victims, all male and in their 20s, suffered severe lacerations, according to a police report. All of the men were hospitalized.
The report says cameras inside the establishment were of poor quality and not very helpful.
The security staff was not cooperative and had to be threatened with criminal charges.
It also says three witnesses who saw a man tampering with the crime scene and mopping up blood from the floor.
According to the report, D.C. police took a look at a video that showed one of the security guards and an off-duty bouncer opening a garage door and escorting a man that could have been the suspect out onto the street. That man may have had blood on his hands.
D.C. police initially said they were looking for a man in a tan trench coat armed with a knife. But in its latest release, police say they are now looking for two men who were armed with knives.
Police say one person of interest is described as a black male, approximately 28 years old, around 5'11" tall, with a slim build, medium complexion, and goatee. He was wearing a mid-length coat with a belt, a hat or hood.
The other person of interest sought by police is described as a black male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, with a medium build and medium complexion. He was wearing a white shirt, dark jacket with a faux fur collar and trim and light colored jeans.
The report also accuses the bar of failing to abide by an agreement to pay for off-duty D.C. police officers to be stationed outside the bar. It is something the owners have not done since June.
The owners of McFadden's have yet to comment on these allegations and we have been unable to reach anyone representing the place.
A suspension hearing is scheduled for January 9.