VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach police are asking a judge to pull the liquor license of a popular night club at the Oceanfront.
According to court documents, there have been 672 police calls for service in 300 block of 17th Street since January 2012, and 201 of those calls are directly related to Fuego’s Cafe.
The incidents are outlined in a petition officers and the Virginia Beach city attorney filed in circuit court. They are asking for a judge to immediately order the night club to be prohibited from selling alcohol.
Police say the calls have gone up every year since 2009 — that year there were only nine. In 2010 there were 10, then 29 in 2011, 65 in 2012, 115 in 2013 and 21 already in just three months of 2014.
The documents illustrate a path of violence — shootings, stabbings, fights and drugs.
February 21 2014 was a busy night for officers. A fight inside the club ended with a man being stabbed. His injuries were not life-threatening. That same night there was another fight which led to gun shots being fired and a police chase.
January 10, police were forced to use pepper spray to break up a fight. Later that night, a separate fight carried out of Fuego’s and into the 19th Street parking lot. Police say the two groups fighting proceeded to shoot at each other as they were driving down I-264. One person was hit.
10 On Your Side reached out to the club’s owner, Juan Carols Del Cid, for comment, but he hasn’t returned our calls.
Wednesday morning in Virginia Beach Circuit Court there will be a hearing asking the judge to suspend Fuego’s liquor license. If the judge agrees, the case will then go to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which will decide if the club will lose their license for good.
10 On Your Side has learned there is a separate ongoing investigation into Fuego’s being done by ABC. Last year, the bar was cited twice for selling drinks to minors. That case goes before the ABC April 1.