Broward News

Violence at El Toro Loco (Sound Familiar?)

A 23-year-old man has been arrested by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office in the early Thursday-morning stabbing of a security guard at El Toro Loco. The West Palm Beach-area tavern has been the site of numerous violent encounters over the past year.

According to the police report, the suspect is William Castellanos. It says that Castellanos was involved in a skirmish that started inside the club. A security guard, Oscar Maturano, intervened, hauling Castellanos and another man outside. But that's when the brawl started again. Castellanos allegedly stabbed Maturano in the torso. Maturano's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

But the incident may threaten the survival of El Toro Loco. In December, PBSO told Juice that its staff was collaborating with state liquor agents to see whether the rowdy nightclub -- the site of two murders in 2009 -- should be shut down as a public nuisance.

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Thomas Francis