CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police dropped charges against a man charged in connection to a nightclub stabbing after witnesses misidentified him from a photo lineup.
Meanwhile, Charleston officials said Thursday they would revoke the business permit for the Impulse Nightclub on Capitol Street, citing what they called the club's inability to keep its patrons safe.
Charleston police detectives dismissed three counts of malicious wounding against Roland William Willis, 22, of Charleston, on Wednesday, according to Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants.
Plants said Charleston police detectives developed probable cause to arrest Willis late Monday after several witnesses picked him out of a photo lineup. He was a suspect in connection with the stabbing of Kevin Clemens, 18.
Police continued their investigation after Willis' arrest and realized they had the wrong man, Plants said. Charges against Willis were immediately dismissed and he was released from South Central Regional Jail.
Police are now looking for Aris Hairston, 26, of Charleston, in connection with the stabbing.
Clemens told detectives he got into an altercation with a man who bumped into him on the dance floor inside the club early Sunday.
Security footage was rolling as the altercation spilled out onto the street and captured the man allegedly stabbing Clemens three times in the stomach.
Police believe that suspect is Hairston. Plants said Hairston and Willis look very similar and Willis was misidentified from that footage.
"The Charleston Police Department did exactly the right thing," he said. "As soon as probable cause no longer existed to keep [Willis] in custody, they dismissed the charges."
Clemens, a Pittsburgh resident and a football player at the University of Charleston, was taken to CAMC General Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery on his liver. He was later released.
Mayor Danny Jones said Sunday's stabbing was one of many crimes police have linked to the club since it opened.
The business was issued a "conditional use permit" on March 27, 2007 after club owner Janet Amores and her business partner promised to open an upscale club for young professionals.
"What they wanted to do and what they have now are two complete, diametrically opposite things," Jones told reporters Thursday. "Club Impulse is not a plus to the city, it's a minus."
City Planning Director Dan Vriendt served a revocation letter to club manager Robby Parsons on Thursday morning. Vriendt said in the letter that he would revoke the permit because Amores and Parsons failed to protect their patrons.
Many people who drank at the club have been cited for public intoxication, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, battery and obstruction, Vriendt wrote.