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Man stabbed during brawl in Matrix

| Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

A man was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle during a large brawl in a Station Square nightclub, Pittsburgh police said.

At 12:45 a.m. Monday, a city police officer working an off-duty uniformed security detail at Matrix nightclub reported a fight broke out on the dance floor and spread throughout the club. A 23-year-old Munhall man was stabbed and staggered to the bar entrance before collapsing, said Pittsburgh police Lt. Kevin Kraus.

The victim, whom police did not identify, was taken to UPMC Mercy, where he was in stable condition after surgery.

Matrix officials could not be reached for comment.

Officers from three police zones were called to help control the disorderly crowd of about 700 people, Kraus said. It took "significant efforts" to bring the club under control, he said.

"There were hundreds of broken beer bottles and glasses throughout the club," he said.

Responding officers found club personnel and the off-duty police officer administering first aid to the victim by applying pressure to the wound.

For the rest of the morning, police worked to identify club patrons and determine whether any of them witnessed the stabbing. Neither the victim nor the 700 party-goers provided any useful information, Kraus said.

"We identified the majority of those people, but we've yet to find one person able to provide information helpful to the investigation," Kraus said. "We've gotten cooperation from no one."

The club was hosting a WAMO live-broadcast party at the time of the stabbing. Police did not know what started the fight or why the victim was stabbed, but Kraus said no other serious injuries were reported.

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