On Thursday, the Baltimore liquor board posed $6,000 on Banditos Bar & Kitchen and suspend its license for two weeks. The penalties follow a triple stabbing that took place in the Federal Hill bar on May 13.
The bar at 1118 South Charles Street was charged with failing to cooperate with police, endangering public welfare and failing to prevent illegal activity on its property.
Seventeen-year-old Shawn Guzman was charged with first- and second-degree assault, first- and second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and weapon charges in a separate case.
The Board of Liquor License Commissioners did not find the bar guilty of failing to cooperate with police, but found it guilty of illegal conduct and public welfare violations. Initially the bar was charged with a cooperation violation after an employee tried to clean up the crime scene, before crime lab testing could be completed. The employee used bleach to clean up blood, police said.
General manager of Banditos, James Dipino, said he was in his office when the stabbing occurred. He said he later observed a 3- to 4-foot pool of blood and several employees who he thought had been pepper sprayed. Dipino said he ordered the employee to clean up the blood.
Dana P. Moore, liquor board commissioner, questioned Dipino actions.
“Everything happened so fast,” he said. “My head was spinning.”
Banditos is currently working on an expansion, acquiring the space next door that previously housed Forever Yogurt. An expansion of Banditos’ liquor license was approved in January.
Dipino said the expansion project would include an updated surveillance system. The cameras were not in operation on the night of the stabbing.