Federal Hill pub says it "will do everything possible" to learn from "horrible" stabbing
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) - The managers of the Federal Hill pub where three people were stabbed this weekend, allegedly by a 17-year-old boy, say they are determined to "do everything possible to learn from this horrible incident and ensure Banditos is the positive environment we all expect."
Andrew Dunlap and Sean White sent a statement Monday evening expressing their "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," wrote Dunlap. "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."
Dunlap called the pub "a family," said the safety of staff and patrons will remain a top priority and the staff is doing "everything in our power" to cooperate with authorities.
The pub is also conducting its "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," he wrote.
Dunlap and White have been working to expand their footprint in Federal Hill, including taking over a space next to Banditos.
"On a more personal level, we are family-oriented community members who have been in the restaurant business for more than 12 years," wrote Dunlap, noting eight of those years have been in south Baltimore/Federal Hill.
"We live, work and are active in our city and we are proud to call Baltimore home," he said.