Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
More on the assaults at Mexico Lindo
Mexico Lindo, 2030 Plank Rd, 4/1 10:30 pm – 2:30 am. Police first responded to Mexico Lindo around 10:30 pm for reports of overcrowding. The posted occupancy limit is 218, but a security employee at the door stated she counted 419 admissions. From the officer’s observance of the conditions inside the business, it appeared that well over 300 people were inside. A Fire Marshal was called to the scene, but he was immediately redeployed to respond for a structure fire on Caroline Street. The officer remained on the scene at Mexico Lindo to monitor and ensure that more patrons were not allowed inside until the crowd got smaller.
At approximately 11:15 pm, a large fight broke out inside on the dance floor and spilled out into the parking lot. At its height, witnesses stated that it appeared that over 200 people were involved as participants, victims, or witnesses to the incident. Police made contact with one male victim, a 19-year old from King William County, who had been stabbed five times in the chest and back after bumping into someone on the dance floor. This victim was transported to Mary Washington Hospital by ambulance. A member of security confirmed that she pulled this victim from the fighting crowd inside the building and discovered that he had been injured. She then turned him over to police and rescue personnel just outside the main entrance.
In the parking lot a second victim was found, an 18-year old male from West Point, VA who had been stabbed in the left rib cage at some point during the fight. This victim was also transported to Mary Washington Hospital by ambulance. Witnesses told police that this injury may have occurred in the parking lot where a group of 10+ subjects were fighting around an SUV; however, based on the physical evidence found, detectives believe that this stabbing also happened inside the business.
Both of these victims reported that they don’t know who stabbed them, and there are no known suspects at this time.
During the incident, two female patients were found and treated for medical emergencies unrelated to the fight. Additional patients were treated on the scene for minor facial injuries and effects of OC spray exposure. Security personnel at Mexico Lindo reportedly used pepper spray on the crowd in an attempt to disperse the combatants.
It was also determined that Mexico Lindo does not have a current City business license. On Saturday, its owner Emilio Vega, 46, of Manassas was arrested for operating an unlicensed business. Vega was released by the officer on his own recognizance. Mexico Lindo will not be allowed to open for business until a license is obtained.
This event was targeted for a teen audience. In fact, an advertisement for the event said “Calling all High Schools”. The interior of the facility was well over capacity and the parking lot was packed with people trying to leave and parents arriving to pick up their kids. There were multiple groups involved in physical altercations both inside and outside and not enough on-scene security to manage the large numbers.
Twelve police officers were dispatched to this incident, and detectives were also called out to handle the ensuing investigation.