BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.—A stabbing Saturday night in Old Bullhead sent a California man to a Las Vegas hospital. Preliminary reports indicate the victim may have started the confrontation that led to the stabbing.
Police are also investigating the possibility that a local motorcycle club and another club from Las Vegas may have been involved.
Bullhead City police were called to O’Leary’s Pub shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night after a confrontation that started inside the bar ended with a group of people outside the establishment. The victim, Michael Earl Wilson, 34 of Phelan, Calif., was said to be ‘highly intoxicated and belligerent’ inside the bar when he was asked to leave by employees. He reportedly refused numerous times and was being escorted out of the bar.
Police department spokesperson Emily Fromelt says Wilson continued to act disorderly and disruptive as he was being led out of the establishment. During such, he reportedly engaged in several confrontations with other bar patrons and apparently hit one of them with an object just before exiting the bar.
The confrontation continued outside the bar between the man and several people. According to Fromelt, witnesses told police that various members of two biker clubs attempted to chase Wilson off the property to no avail. Wilson was observed swinging and unknown object toward the bikers, which then resulted in the bikers retaliating and stabbing Wilson multiple times. Although she did not identify their names, Fromelt said, one of the motorcycle clubs is based out of the local area, while the other motorcycle club is visiting from Las Vegas. They are currently under investigation for Saturday’s incident.
Wilson was flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas and was last reported in stable condition.
The anti-gang GIITEM task force is handling the ongoing investigation.