Fort Wayne restaurant condemned following stabbing investigation –

Fort Wayne restaurant condemned following stabbing investigation -
Hobos condemned after reported stabbing
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — An investigation into a weekend stabbing resulted in officials condemning Fort Wayne restaurant.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said the stabbing reportedly happened at Hobo’s Bar and Grill located in the 2700 block of West Jefferson Boulevard. 31-year-old Dominique Thomas sustained non-life threatening injuries in the stabbing.

Police located the car that drove the victim to the hospital, and said they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. They got consent to search the car, and said they found several glass pipes, a tin with marijuana, and a baggie of meth.

While investigating the crime, officers went to the restaurant to see if there was evidence of a crime. The department said while there was an indication of a crime, they were met by uncooperative staff. They got a warrant and had to force their way into the establishment to execute the warrant.

Police spoke to the victim, who said he was meeting people at Lowe’s to buy a phone listed on the LetGo app. He said he got in the seller’s car when another man in the car pointed a gun at him and demanded his money.

The Fort Wayne Department of Health said they were called in by the Fort Wayne Police Department for observed food code violations.

The health inspector said they saw a beer cooler with active taps and canned beer at about 68 degrees. The inspector also saw a back-up in the kitchen near the grease trap. The department of health said there were also two large pots of grease sitting on the floor in front of the preparation line.

The victim refused, and the man shot him in the knee. He then fled, and was driven to a nearby hospital by the man he arrived with. He is said to be in “good” condition.

Neighborhood Code was invited to be present for the inspection. The department condemned the restaurant for multiple code violations including electrical violations, a blocked exit door and raw sewage on floor.

The restaurant will remain condemned until the owners hire a commercial contractor to fix the violations. Once fixed, the building department will need to approve the work. Neighborhood Code will then inspect the restaurant again before lifting the condemnation order.

Police are continuing to interview witnesses and review security footage. Police did not give information on a possible suspect.

The restaurant will still not be allowed to open until the owners have the grease trap professionally cleaned and emptied.

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