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|01-17-2005, 11:05 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2002
Two guys got knifed dead, one inside at the bar, the other outside trying to run away, at Lookers Sat night.......
Sounded like two white dudes got into it with Latino's who drove off before the LE got there.
Makes me glad I got old and stopped frequenting these places years ago.
|01-17-2005, 11:59 AM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2002
From The Star Ledger
2 men slain in brawl at go-go bar
Sunday, January 16, 2005
BY KATIE WANG AND PAUL NELSON
Two men were stabbed and killed during a brawl at an Elizabeth go-go
bar early yesterday, police said.
Michael Killeen, 26, of Bloomfield was stabbed in the chest in the bar
section of the club, Lookers, said Lt. Gary Lewis. Killeen's friend, a
27-year-old man, was stabbed in the parking lot while trying to flee
Police did not release the second man's name, pending notification of
his family. He was rushed to University Hospital in Newark, where he died.
Lewis said police are seeking three suspects, all Latino, who were
last seen fleeing in a dark green Lexus ES 300 with tinted windows and
a New Jersey license plate bearing the letters LYZ. Lewis said a
witness did not see the entire license plate.
Police are still investigating what started the barroom fight and how
many men were involved, said Lewis. The call came in at 2:23 a.m.
"It appears to have stemmed from a dispute, which started in the bar
between two men, which escalated to include several others," he said.
The three suspects and the two victims were involved, said Lewis.
After Killeen was stabbed, his friend ran for the parking lot, but he
was stabbed in the neck, said Lewis.
A white Nissan Maxima in the parking lot was splattered with blood on
the rear passenger side. Around noon yesterday, two workers cleaned
the blood off the car.
Lookers is a go-go sports bar off the New Jersey Turnpike near Newark
Liberty International Airport. It normally closes at 3 a.m.
A recording last night on Lookers' phone described the bar as "the
ultimate in go-go and sports entertainment" with "20 of New Jersey's
hottest dancers." A second voice added that "Lookers will be closed
(Saturday)" and would reopen at noon today.
A man who answered the bar's phone earlier yesterday declined to
comment on the stabbings. The bar was roped by yellow police tape as
several customers pulled up.
Lewis said the bar is not considered an ongoing problem for city
"It's not a source of trouble," he said.
Killeen's family declined to comment yesterday, said a man who
answered the phone at his Bloomfield home.
Lewis said anyone with information about the double homicide is asked
to call Elizabeth detective Paul Pasternak at (908) 558-2053.
From The Star Ledger
Go-go bar deaths tied to fight over woman
Suspects in Elizabeth stabbing killed 2 men
Monday, January 17, 2005
BY JUDITH LUCAS AND RALPH R. ORTEGA
A fight over a woman may have triggered a bloody stabbing that left
two men dead at a go-go bar in Elizabeth, the Union County prosecutor
Prosecutor Theodore Romankow declined to name the woman and her
relationship to the victims -- Michael Killeen, 26, of Bloomfield, and
Kevin Davis, 28, of *****ville.
Meanwhile, police continued their search yesterday for three persons
who sped away in a dark green Lexus ES 300 after the deadly fracas
broke out at Lookers on Dowd Avenue early Saturday.
Elizabeth police Lt. Gary Lewis said in a statement Saturday that the
brawl began with two men and escalated to five participants. Killeen
was stabbed in the chest inside the club, located near the New Jersey
Turnpike, and Davis was attacked in the parking lot as he tried to
outrun his assailants, police said.
Witnesses got the letters LYZ off a New Jersey license plate on the
car as it sped away from the scene shortly before 2:30 a.m. "I feel
pretty confident this will result in some arrest," Romankow said.
Lewis said Lookers has not been a problem spot for authorities.
However, Lookers has drawn police attention for bar fights.
A bartender named Suzanne vouched for Lookers, saying it was a
reputable go-go bar that did not allow lap dancing or even offer a
"champagne room" for private dances.
The stabbing left employees shocked, said Suzanne, who did not want to
give her last name.
"I'm one of the veterans here. I've worked at this place for 11
years," said the short woman with long, brown hair as she puffed on a
cigarette. "There's never been anything, even on Fridays and
Saturdays, remotely close to what happened."
"Aside from your normal bar fights, nothing," added Suzanne.
Business slowly returned to normal at the club yesterday afternoon
when it reopened.
"I told my husband, 'Babe, I'm going to a crime scene,'" said Suzanne,
who dreaded coming into the parking lot where Davis was slain.
But there was no sign of the grisly stabbing.
A limousine already was parked outside the club, which is attached to
the Skyline Diner, a haven for motorists and truckers coming from the
Turnpike and Routes 1&9 and near Newark Liberty International Airport
and numerous warehouses.
Inside, Lookers was dimly lit with neon signs and stage show lights
hanging from the ceiling. Three patrons sat around a central bar as
women scantily dressed in lace lingerie, tight shirts and shorts
walked along a wooden catwalk.
A manager named "Bones" declined to comment about the stabbing.
Suzanne, 33, who has a 4-year-old son and is studying to be a medical
assistant, cheerfully served drinks. No bouncers were visible, but
they are used by the bar, said Suzanne, who didn't know who the woman
fought over in the stabbing was or whether she had been one of the
The bartender, who claimed she had a following at the bar, also didn't
recognize the names of Killeen and Davis.
"It's a shame," she said of the fatal fight. "Whatever happened to
using your fists?"
Romankow agreed the deaths were senseless.
"Two lives are gone as a result of anger, foolishness and poor
judgment," Romankow said. "Losing their temper, ruining the lives of
the families of these two victims, there is no justification for this."
|02-04-2005, 09:20 AM||#4|
Join Date: Sep 2002
2 brothers charged in go-go bar slayings
2 brothers charged in go-go bar slayings
Saturday, January 29, 2005
BY JENNIFER GOLSON
Police have charged two brothers in a deadly double stabbing at a go-go bar in Elizabeth.
Steven Melendez, 28, and Luis Melendez 34, both of Irvington, were charged with murder in the fatal fight that occurred Jan. 15 at Lookers on Dowd Avenue.
Michael J. Killeen III, 26, of Bloomfield was stabbed in the chest, and Kevin Davis, 28, of *****ville was stabbed in the neck during the brawl, said Lt. Gary Lewis.
Luis Melendez turned himself to Elizabeth police about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Lewis said. Bail was set at $250,000.
His brother was arrested at 9 p.m. Wednesday at a Bronx apartment by Elizabeth detectives Paul Pasternak and Louchaun Holmes and homicide detective William Mannix of the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Steven Melendez was being held in New York yesterday awaiting extradition, Lewis said, crediting the New York Police Department and the U.S. Marshal's New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force for their help.
The brawl was reported shortly before 2:30 a.m. that Saturday morning. The fight started with two men and escalated to five participants, police said.
Killeen was stabbed while inside the club, and Davis was attacked in the parking lot while trying to outrun his attackers, police have said.
The assailants left the scene in a dark-green Lexus. Descriptions and license plate information were critical in advancing the investigation, police said.
Union Township police found the car the next day on the border of Irvington, Lewis said.
"These brothers, both charged with first-degree murder in connection with this violent and senseless attack, are in custody facing prosecution because of a relentless investigation by three detectives, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.
Street sources helped lead police to the defendants. Steven Melendez was staying at an apartment with relatives in New York, according to the prosecutor's office.
The victims and the suspects apparently did not know each other before the fight, Romankow said.
Luis Melendez went to police headquarters after he retained an attorney.
"That's what innocent people do," said his lawyer, Anthony Pope. His client plans to plead not guilty, Pope said.
The arrests brought some relief to Killeen's mother, Ilia Killeen.
"It's not going to change anything," she said. "I just don't want them walking the streets."
Killeen was her only son, and talking about him led her to tears.
"He was very, very caring, and now, after this, we're finding out from so many friends how much he went out of his way to help them," she said. "We have gotten so many letters and cards from people we don't even know."
The arrest doesn't bring much solace, but she added that the police have been good about keeping in touch.
For now, Ilia Killeen said she doesn't know what she would say to the defendants.
"I'm just very curious why they decided to use a weapon instead of their hands," she said. "What could have been said that you needed to take somebody's life?"
|02-04-2005, 10:02 PM||#8|
Join Date: Dec 2002
i used to go to lookers all the time and starting to puill away cause of all the thugs trhat started coming in and really just hanging out always looked shady and then would leave in like a half hour i was shocked to hear what happened here as to it was always a fun place to be and was pretty safe those thug ass holes should rott and i kinda thought bail was to low like wht everyone has been saying the good ole days of using your fists if you get in a fight only the weak and cowards use any kind of weapon and thats what our society has brought up a bunch of baggy wearing pant oversized jackets so they can conceal a weapon thank god they were caught to the 2 guys guys that were punished by death REST IN PEACE GUYS we got those S.O.B.'s