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Two stabbed outside club in Quincy; 3 arrested

The Patriot Ledger

QUINCY - Four men, including two military reservists, face attempted murder charges after they allegedly stabbed two people for heckling them as they marched in a military formation outside a nightclub at Marina Bay.

Michael Fitzpatrick, 23, of Braintree, Joseph Corsetti, 21, of Boston and Pablo Monroy, 22, of Arlington have been arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the altercation early yesterday morning, police said.

Police are still looking for the fourth man involved in the stabbings, Quincy Police Chief Robert Crowley said.

A 21-year-old from Dedham and a 22-year-old from Wakefield were reported to be at Boston Medical Center in critical condition with stab wounds. Police did not release their names.

The stabbings happened at the close of what Crowley called one of the busiest nights at the Marina Bay complex in recent years. The warm weather and holiday weekend resulted in long lines outside the WaterWorks nightclub and the Water Club.

Fifteen Quincy police officers were assigned to the Marina Bay complex to handle the capacity crowds.

The crush of cars trying to leave when the clubs closed at 1 a.m. created a backup from East Squantum Street into the parking lots, with partygoers in search of a cab forced to walk beside stalled traffic toward the main road.

Crowley said an officer noticed a group of four men marching to a military cadence on Victory Road about 500 yards from the club around closing time. At some point, two other men leaving WaterWorks made a comment about the marching that led to words being exchanged between the groups, and then a fight.

''For some reason, the two men did not like the military cadence and the idea of marching,'' Crowley said.

Police yesterday afternoon were able to talk briefly to one of the stabbing victims, who said that initially just the fourth suspect and he were fighting.

''He thought he was punched in the chest and then he found out he was stabbed,'' Crowley said. ''Everyone got involved after that.''

The second man was stabbed in the melee, which took place near a rotary on Marina Bay's main exit avenue, police said.

Two of the men charged in the stabbings serve in a local military reserve unit, although it's unknown which one, Crowley said.

Neither man wore a military uniform to the nightclub. A set of dog tags found at the fight scene led police to Corsetti's apartment, where both Corsetti and Monroy were arrested.

Fitzpatrick was arrested yesterday when he came to the Quincy police station to bail his two friends out.

Police found a folding knife at the crime scene yesterday morning.

Crowley said no other problems were reported Sunday night.

Rick Collins may be reached at [email protected].

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