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Posted at 3:59 PM ET, 11/ 1/2010

DC9 co-owner resigns, 4 employees let go

By Washington Post editors

A co-owner of DC9 has resigned and four other employees have been let go, TBD.com reports.

The departures come just weeks following the death of a man allegedly at the hands of the former nightclub employees.

Joe Englert, who owns a controlling share of DC9, testified Monday before the District's Alcoholic Beverage Control board that he had accepted the resignation of co-owner Bill Spieler, and that of Darryl Carter, Evan Preller, Arthur Zaloga, and Reginald Phillips had been "let go."


The five have been charged with aggravated assault in the beating of Ali Ahmed Mohammed in front of the club at Ninth and U streets NW where the men worked.

Mohammed, 27, tried to enter DC9 on Oct. 15, but was turned away at the door. He became angry and threw at least one brick through the nightclub's front window, witnesses told investigators.

According to a police affidavit, witnesses told police that five men left the bar and chased Mohammed of Silver Spring.

One witness told police that the men chased Mohammed and that Preller caught him and threw him to the ground, according to the affidavit. The witness watched Carter, Zaloga, Spieler and Phillips "stomp the victim on the head and the body" as Preller held him down, the document states. Spieler kicked Mohammed several times, the witness told police, according to the affidavit.

By Washington Post editors  | November 1, 2010; 3:59 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

They all deserve the same punishment...everyone knows where there is alcohol there could be trouble..as a business owner or co-owner you should know this things first hand..to chance down one man while four people beat him is insane..over a window..no insurance or where you allowing your moon light staff to do whatever..hopefully things like this will come to light. Although he was wrong; it was not worth getting killed over and besides most people who are drunk will not remember most anything the night before, depending what their limit was. Lock them up and give the same punishment...they murdered this man...

Posted by: shadon1 | November 1, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

They all deserve the same punishment...everyone knows where there is alcohol there could be trouble..as a business owner or co-owner you should know this things first hand..to chance down one man while four people beat him is insane..over a window..no insurance or where you allowing your moon light staff to do whatever..hopefully things like this will come to light. Although he was wrong; it was not worth getting killed over and besides most people who are drunk will not remember most anything the night before, depending what their limit was. Lock them up and give the same punishment...they murdered this man...

Posted by: shadon1 | November 1, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Yet more poor writing and copyediting on the part of the Post.

"...he had accepted the resignation of co-owner Bill Spieler, and that of Darryl Carter, Evan Preller, Arthur Zaloga, and Reginald Phillips had been "let go." "

So were four employees "let go" or did they resign. Or did three resign and was one let go? The text reads "and that of". Does the word "of" belong there or not? The Post writers aren't capable of churning out a 500-word article without some dumb mistake in it.

Posted by: red_hawk1968 | November 1, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't jump to conclusions just yet. I'm hearing all kinds of stories on this, and this article - read carefully - only raises more suspicion. 'witnesses told police that five men left the bar and chased Mohammed of Silver Spring', and that's the story I heard. Meanwhile 'One witness told police...that Preller caught him and threw him...watched Carter, Zaloga, Spieler and Phillips "stomp the victim on the head and the body". So, witnesses saw one thing, but one witness saw something else/more? Remember, it's still aggravated assault, and I hear there's a video of the guy getting beat before he got to DC9.

Posted by: mikeb14 | November 1, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Do I feel bad for Ali Ahmed Mohammed? Nope. He brought this upon himself. He chose to throw the brick. This would never have happened if he had not instigated the series of unfortunate events.

I also don't believe the 5 intentionally killed him; they probably wanted to 'teach him a lesson' for throwing a brick through the window so he would never, ever think of doing it again.

Seriously - what Ali Ahmed Mohammed did was dangerous, selfish, and jeuvenile. He easily could have hurt someone very seriously. Sometimes street justice can be a bit much, but he got what he deserved.

Posted by: Disbelief | November 1, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Alcohol is responsible for more deaths than any other mood changing substance.

Posted by: tonymcgrath | November 2, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

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