Off-Duty Bouncer Fatally Stabbed After Fight in Johnny V's Nightclub in San Jose

By Bob Redell and George Kiriyama
|  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 11:59 PM PDT
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San Jose police are investigating the city's sixth homicide of the year after an off-duty bouncer was stabbed to death after a fight at Johhny V's nightclub early Wednesday  morning. George Kiriyama reports.

San Jose police are investigating the city's sixth homicide of the year after an off-duty bouncer was stabbed to death after a fight at Johhny V's nightclub early Wednesday morning. George Kiriyama reports.

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Man Fatally Stabbed After Fight in Johnny V's Nightclub in San Jose

San Jose police are investigating the city's sixth homicide of the year after a man was stabbed to death after a fight at Johhny V's nightclub early Wednesday morning. A man was arrested. Bob Redell reports
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San Jose police are investigating the city's sixth homicide of the year after an off-duty bouncer was stabbed to death after a fight at Johhny V's nightclub early Wednesday  morning.

The bar's owner, Johnny Van Wyk, 40,  told Bay City News that the bouncer was off work, and got involved when a customer was "being a jerk" and acting inappropriately to women.

The bouncer, who has not yet been named, went after the man, who was asked to leave the bar, Van Wyk said.

Just after 1:15 a.m., the bouncer was found fatally stabbed near Santa Clara and First streets in downtown San Jose down the street from the nightclub. 

He was stabbed at least once and died at the hospital, police said.

"To see him go the way he did was not right," said Alex Rosas, a friend of the victim. "Like here on the streets everybody has to be watching their back."

Police arrested the second man following the stabbing, and recovered the knife they said was used in the attack.

The fatal attack caught the attention of city officials.

Councilman Sam Liccardo said three stabbings -- two of them fatal -- in the past six days are unacceptable. The council recently approved more funding to pay overtime for five additional officers to patrol the downtown area five days a week.

"We're going to be there and making sure that this is something that is rare," Liccardo said. "And we won't be seeing this for a very long time."

Some residents said they plan to avoid the downtown area if the city fails to control the crime.

"I think I'm going to stop coming to downtown for a while," said Richard Maldonado, a San Jose resident. "Because I could be the next one."

 Jeff Burbank from Bay City News contributed to this report.

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