CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said again Tuesday that he wants to close down a Capitol Street nightclub that has frequently been cited for after-hours violence.
Police arrested a man late Monday in the latest incident at the Impulse club -- a stabbing that caused the club to temporarily lose its liquor license.
Detectives have charged Roland William Willis, 22, of Charleston, with three counts of felony malicious wounding. Willis allegedly stabbed Kevin Clemens, 18, of Pittsburgh, three times in the stomach following an altercation that began inside the club at 205 Capitol St.
Clemens told detectives that Willis bumped into him on the dance floor and then called him a name, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Security cameras captured the altercation as it spilled out onto the sidewalk in front of the club. Police used Facebook to identify Willis from the footage.
Willis was being held Tuesday evening in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bail.
Paramedics took Clemens, a student and football player at the University of Charleston, to CAMC General Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery on his liver early Sunday. He remained there in stable condition Tuesday evening.
Officials with the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration suspended the club's liquor license for 10 days. Jones said the nightclub is operating on a special permit and that permit could be revoked. Either that or he would ask ABCA officials to revoke the club's liquor license permanently, he said.
Jones said Impulse owner Janet Amores and manager Robby Parsons promised to open a respectable nightclub when they requested the special permit in 2007.