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One bar employee stabbed, another hit

An employee at The Greatest Bar in downtown Boston was stabbed repeatedly and a co-worker was hit in the head with a bottle Saturday morning as they tried to break up a fight, Boston police said.

A detail officer working outside the bar at 262 Friend St. was alerted to the stabbing at about 1:15 a.m., said Officer Nicole Grant, a spokeswoman for Boston police.

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The officer went inside to break up the fight on the third floor when he was stopped and told that someone had been injured and was sitting outside in a taxi. The victim was stabbed in the neck, back, and arm, police said.

The employee said he was trying to break up a large fight when someone jumped on his back and stabbed him. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, she said.

A second employee who told police someone broke a bottle over his head was taken to Mass. General, she said.

A third employee said he ran to assist his co-workers when the fight broke out, but he was met by several men coming down the stairs. He tried to stop the group from leaving, but one of the men displayed a knife and threatened to stab him if he did not let them leave, police said.

Julie Fairweather, the bar’s co-owner, said the stabbed employee is the club’s head of security. “He’s an amazing guy and he’s been with us for a long time,” she said. “Thankfully, he only had minor injuries and he’s home tonight.”

Police canvassed the area for suspects, but no arrests were made. According to Grant, police have been called to the Greatest Bar 15 times in the last six months, including five reports of larceny and six reports of assault and battery.

Fairweather insisted the bar was a safe place, noting that a police officer works there most nights.

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at Dan Adams can be reached at
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