- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 18, 2015

D.C. police shut down a Northwest nightclub over the weekend after a large fight spilled out of the club, requiring responding officers to shut down Georgia Avenue.

One patron was seriously injured when he was was struck in the face with a bottle.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier ordered the Trinidad and Tobago Association, also known as The Club House, to be shut down on the basis of an assault and allegations of underage drinking on the premises, according to Fourth District Police Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz.

Information posted by Metropolitan Police Department officials to a police listserv indicates that a large fight broke out around 1:30 a.m. Saturday inside the club, located at 5123 Georgia Avenue Northwest. More than 200 patrons exited the club and the fight spread out into the sidewalk and spilled over into busy Georgia Avenue.

As officers arrived, the people involved in the fight fled. Those who remained caused a disorderly scene, requiring officers to shut down Georgia Avenue in both directions briefly as they attempted to clear the street, police officials said.

While investigating, officers found that a man had been struck in the face with a bottle during the fight. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

An MPD spokesman on Sunday said that no arrests had been made from the brawl.

Fliers distributed online for a Friday night party at the Trinidad and Tobago Association advertise the event as an age 18 and up Caribbean dance party lasting until the early morning hours Saturday. A man who answered the phone at a number listed on the flier referred questions about the event to club management.

No one answered the phone at a number listed for the Trinidad and Tobago Association.

Chief Lanier has the authority to revoke a bar’s liquor license, effectively shutting it down, for 96 hours if she finds the establishment presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public. An Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hearing on the matter has been requested.

Chief Lanier has temporarily closed at least two other clubs in the last month following after violent outbreaks.

McFadden’s was closed in December after five people were stabbed in a fight inside the club.

Heritage India was closed in January after a brawl in which one man was stabbed and his lung punctured. The chaotic melee also involved a woman who took off her belt and whipped people with her belt buckle and a man wildly swung champagne bottles at others.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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