Man stabs bouncer with pocketknife while getting kicked out of Bellingham bar

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 17, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A bouncer at a downtown Bellingham bar was stabbed while trying to kick out a patron around closing time early Sunday, June 16, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

The bouncer was escorting Edilberto Guzman-Morales, 26, out of The Underground bar, 211 E. Chestnut St., at about 1:30 a.m. when Guzman-Morales allegedly pulled out a small folding knife and stabbed the bouncer in the leg.

Two other employees from the bar held Guzman-Morales until the police came. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of second-degree assault.

Bar owner Brian Tines said that the man was confrontational with employees after they asked him to leave about 10 minutes before closing. Tines said the employee's wound was superficial, and he was in good spirits after being treated at St. Joseph hospital and released.

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