Banditos Bar Issues Statement Following Weekend Stabbing

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Banditos Bar and Kitchen, the Federal Hill bar where three people were stabbed on early Saturday morning has issued a statement on the incident, expressing their sympathy for victims and their families.

“On behalf of all of us at Banditos, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to those injured and their families. We are shocked and appalled by this senseless violence, which is in no way typical of the environment at Banditos or within the wonderful community of Federal Hill. In the five years since we opened, Banditos has never had an issue like this. We don’t condone or tolerate underage drinking or violence within our establishment. That is not who we are and contradicts everything we stand for. We are a family here at Banditos, and the safety of our staff and patrons has and will remain our top priority. We are doing everything in our power to fully cooperate with the authorities, and we are also conducting our own internal investigation. Once that is complete, we will evaluate what we can do to ensure Banditos remains a safe, welcoming and fun destination for residents and visitors to the area.

“On a more personal level, we are family-oriented community members who have been in the restaurant business for more than 12 years; 8 of those in South Baltimore/Federal Hill. We live, work and are active in our city and we are proud to call Baltimore home. Again, you have our personal commitment that we, along with our engaged team, will do everything possible to learn from this horrible incident and ensure Banditos is the positive environment we all expect.”

– Andrew Dunlap, Sean White – Management & the entire Banditos Bar & Kitchen Family

Police say 17-year-old Shawn Guzman was charged for stabbing three people. One of the victims remains hospitalized. His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable. The others sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Guzman was originally considered one of the victims because he accidentally cut himself during the fight.

He has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and three counts aggravated assault.

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