- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 22, 2012

Police are investigating a stabbing reported early Thursday during a party at a Lanham event center.

Two men were stabbed during an argument at Marygolds Family Event Center, said Prince George’s County police spokesman Officer Edward Martin. The men had gotten into an argument with another person inside the venue when that person stabbed them both with an known object. The two left the venue, at 8827 Annapolis Road, and drove to a nearby hospital where they sought aid, Officer Martin said.

According to online fliers, a pre-Thanksgiving “Grown ‘n Sexy Super Bowl” party featuring a DJ and go-go bands was being held at the venue that night.

Marygolds’ owner said Thursday that while she knew an altercation had taken place inside the venue, she didn’t know the men had been stabbed. Police officers were already present at Marygolds for security that night and tried to talk to the men as they left, however the men refused to describe what exactly had happened, owner Tammy Royster said.

“No one said anything about being stabbed or anything,” she said. “One man was bleeding on the side of his face but that was it. It was like someone had punched him.”

The men who were attacked had only been at Marygolds for a few minutes when the incident happened, Ms. Royster said. Later she said an officer told her that police were called to the hospital where the men sought medical attention for a report they were fighting with security. Neither she nor police could say where the men went.

No one was taken into custody for the incident, Officer Martin said.

Security frisked patrons and checked purses and bags of the approximately 200 people who entered Marygolds that night, as they usually do when hosting parties and nightclub-type events, Ms. Royster said.

As Prince George’s County government has taken to closing down venues that operate as dancehalls or nightclubs that are the scene of violent outbreaks, Ms. Royster worries that the atypical incident will bode poorly for her business.

“We rarely have fights or incidents like that and police are rarely called here,” she said.

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