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December 23, 2012

Police probe triple stabbing at bar

LAWRENCE — Police are investigating a triple stabbing that took place at the Big City Bar & Grill early yesterday morning.

Two men and a woman were stabbed, police said. Their injuries are not life-threatening, according to police Chief John Romero.

“No one is cooperating,” Romero said.

The Police Department will file a complaint against the Big City Bar & Grill with the city Licensing Board, he added.

Witnesses told police the stabbings happened after a fistfight had broken out.

Officers William Hale and Jeffrey Hart encountered a large crowd in the parking lot of the 65 Merrimack St. bar when they arrived at 1:19 a.m., according to a report filed by Hale. The people in the crowd were yelling that there had been stabbings, the officer wrote.

Hart found one victim, identified as Chris Arthur, 28, of Lawrence, leaning against a vehicle and accompanied by some friends. Arthur was stabbed in the abdomen and was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where he underwent surgery, police said.

A second victim, Robert Lemieux, 25, of Dracut, who was stabbed in the back, was located in the parking lot, according to Hale’s report. He was sent to Holy Family Hospital.

The third victim, Elizabeth Hannay, 42, of North Andover, was dropped off at Lawrence General, police said. She was also stabbed in the abdomen.

A witness told police Arthur had gotten into a fight with another man and that a friend of Arthur’s opponent may have stabbed him, according to Hale’s report.

Police seized as evidence a video camera that was placed inside the bar, Romero said. Lt. Shawn Conway looked at the video with James Sarcione, the owner of the bar, but the quality was poor, according to Hale’s report.

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