Six people were arrested Saturday in connection with an early morning brawl outside a downtown Minneapolis strip club, and at least two men were hospitalized for stab wounds to the head and neck, police said.
Security personnel for Choice Gentlemen’s Club called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Saturday to report an assault. Five men had fled the area in a vehicle, one of them throwing a bloody switchblade out the window, according to authorities.
One victim flagged down police a block away from the scene and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. The man had six stab wounds — three to the head, one to the face, one to the arm and another to the lower left side. All were deemed noncritical.
A second victim with a stab wound to his neck was found across the street from the club. He was unresponsive and rushed into emergency surgery at HCMC. His condition is unknown.
It remains unclear whether those involved were ever inside the strip club, or began fighting outside the establishment.
Police detained the suspect vehicle as it dropped off two men at the hospital. Six men, one of whom had a stab wound to his hand, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.
Less than 12 hours later, a woman was stabbed in a separate, domestic-related incident near E. 24th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.
Police were called to the Little Earth housing complex, in the 2400 block of Ogema Place, just before 11:15 a.m. on a report of a stabbing. A woman said she had been injured by a man on Cedar Avenue. She had a superficial wound on her chest and was taken to HCMC for treatment, police said.
The suspect is not in custody.