Nightclub Ordered Closed Following Stabbing, Assault


The Providence Board of Licenses has ordered an immediate temporary closure of a Rhode Island nightclub following a stabbing and assault there over the weekend.

Affiliate WJAR reports Providence police Sgt. David Tajeda told the board at Saturday's emergency hearing that police arrested 22-year-old L'Quan Arnum in connection with the stabbing. Online court records didn't list a lawyer for Arnum.

Tajeda says Arnum was on a party bus with about 20 passengers. Police recommended that Van Gogh Lounge be closed in case passengers on the bus tried to retaliate.

The violence happened outside the club around 2 a.m. Saturday. The stabbing victim was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition. The second victim was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

The club must remain closed for 72 hours.

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