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Four cut after altercation at bar

Matt Zapotosky

Four young men — including three University of Maryland students — were cut and wounded early Tuesday morning after a drunken altercation inside an off-campus bar continued outside, police said.

The incident began about 1:30 a.m., when the three students — two who were 19 and another who was 20 — got into an argument with another man inside The Thirsty Turtle in College Park, said Maj. Robert Liberati, the Prince George’s County Police Department’s District I commander. Bar employees ejected the parties involved parties, Liberati said, but “when they got outside, they carried on the argument across the street.” The man then produced a knife and cut all three students and a 23-year-old man who tried to intervene, Liberati said.

None of the men’s injuries was to believed to be life threatening, police said. One student was cut on the cheek, and the other two were cut on their backs, Liberati said. The 23-year-old, a non-student, was cut on his right side, Liberati said.

Liberati said all of those involved seemed to have met in the bar that night. He said all were “willing participants in a fight,” and all were intoxicated. It is possible others were injured in the fight, he said.

Investigators are still looking for the suspect, described as a slim white or Hispanic male, standing more than 6 feet tall, Liberati said. He said the man had a black Mohawk haircut and was wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Liberati said it is unclear what sparked the fight in the first place. He said investigators had recovered a knife on the scene — though they were unsure whether it was the one used in the cuttings — and they were reviewing surveillance footage which might have captured the incident.

It also remains unclear how the underage students got into the bar, Liberati said. He said he had notified the Board of License Commissioners, which enforces state alcohol laws, of the incident. A manager at the bar said another manager was handling media inquiries about the case and would return a reporter's phone call.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 12, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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"It also remains unclear how the underage students got into the bar, Liberati said."

I'll tell you how they got in. The Thirsty Turtle does not care if your ID is real, or if it's even your ID. Twice, I've seen a black girl get into the bar with a white girl's ID; one of these times, the girl got 5 feet inside and literally yelled, "I got in with a white girl's ID!" Cop standing outside does nothing. Bouncers there will look at a fake ID, laugh, shake their head in disbelief, and then let the underage person inside. I've heard them tell people, "Now I've seen four Virginia IDs with this same name and birthday tonight, are you the real (insert name)?" Of course the person answers yes and the bouncer lets them in. On any given night, I think it's reasonable to say that AT LEAST 80% of the people inside that bar are underage. It's ridiculous.

Posted by: me0201 | October 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

That bar is a public nuisance, notorious for its underage patrons. My theory is that the space is too large to operate legally because the owners need to bring in underage students to fill it. It's time to pull their liquor license.

Posted by: pundito | October 12, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

So what were the ethic background of the underage drunk students?

Posted by: agarnett1000 | October 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

agarnett1000 -

If they're all white, then what?

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 12, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

So what were the ethic background of the underage drunk students?

Posted by: agarnett1000
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What difference does it make?

Obviously, you didn't go to college. Otherwise, you would know that everyone does it, regardless of race or social class. The only difference is the place and the drink of choice.

In any event, you've earned a Dumbest Post of the Day Award. Congrats.
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The difference is that I am sick and tired of the WaPO posting the ethnic background of minority suspects and not doing the same for non-minorities. I am also tired of being harassed by the UM and PG police for fitting the description of 6 foot black male with a baseball cap. Actually I graduated from UMCP, so what come back do you have to say now?

Posted by: agarnett1000 | October 12, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ah, thanks for explaining, agarnett1000. I actually had assumed the reverse - a white bigot seeing black folks in every crime story that happens in PG County.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 12, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Ah, thanks for explaining, agarnett1000. I actually had assumed the reverse - a white bigot seeing black folks in every crime story that happens in PG County.

Posted by: FrankIBC

NP, I have seen this first hand and the WaPo is feeding into the sterotypes. PG County is fill of hard working, educated minorities but we constantly get a bad rap. I sick of people putting this county down they act like MC, or Baltimore County don't have their own crime problems.

Posted by: agarnett1000 | October 12, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I think the WaPo posted the ethnicity of the suspect because he has not yet been found/named. Typically news reports post such information in the hopes that witnesses may be able to identify the suspect. The ethnicities of the three other students are irrelevant because they've already been identified. There is no on-going search for them.

Posted by: Heather3 | October 12, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the WaPo posted the ethnicity of the suspect because he has not yet been found/named. Typically news reports post such information in the hopes that witnesses may be able to identify the suspect. The ethnicities of the three other students are irrelevant because they've already been identified. There is no on-going search for them.

Posted by: Heather3 | October 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Underaged drinking on a predominantly white campus. Where are the suspensions? Oh, drinking...A victimless crime until someone gets injured or killed?!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | October 12, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't on campus, and what kind of fascist school suspends students for underage drinking?

Posted by: brooksbmp | October 12, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess they don't teach students at UMD that when you gang up on someone they might defend themselves. It's just another case of darwinism where stupid people get hurt messing around where they shouldn't be. I do hope the Police charge the four "students" for underage drinking. I know the TT has it's share of the blame, but lets place blame on all involved. It gets old hearing about the crap in College Park and the small group of idiots there making news for bad behavior. Life's lessons aren't always taught in the classroom mommy & daddy pay for.....

Posted by: theroadking001 | October 12, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

underage drinking has been going on in college park since the 60's. it will continue because it is profitable. until someone gets killed. after all it's pg county

Posted by: 2tuff4u | October 12, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Ah, thanks for explaining, agarnett1000. I actually had assumed the reverse - a white bigot seeing black folks in every crime story that happens in PG County.

Posted by: FrankIBC
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Then you're stupid, clearly the reason the description of the 1 guy matters is that he is sought by police for CUTTING FOUR PEOPLE WITH A KNIFE.

Posted by: Peejay | October 12, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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