October 4, 2018

SLA Issues Emergency Suspension for Angels Strip Club

SLA Issues Emergency Suspension for Angels Strip Club
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Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) summarily suspended the license of Angels of the World Inc., a strip club located at 32-17 College Point Boulevard in the Flushing today. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley, Commissioner Lily Fan, and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a special meeting of the Full Board on October 4, 2018. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises. During the suspension period the SLA intends to seek the permanent cancelation or revocation of the license.

On October 1st, a 25-year-old male, Jaquan Campbell, hastily exited the club with his girlfriend and were pursued by four men who slammed into his car numerous times. Campbell was subsequently pulled from his vehicle near the College Point Multiplex where he was fatally shot in the chest, according to police. This latest tragedy is just one in a series of violent incidents linked to Angel’s, including assaults, shootings and armed robberies.

According to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the club has become a drain on police resources, requiring directed patrols every night the premises is open. The club is generating numerous grand larceny reports from patrons, in addition to two-hundred and sixty-four 911 calls since 2018. Referrals from the NYPD document six violent incidents since December 2017, including:

 

  •  On September 22nd, a patron leaving the premises was robbed at gunpoint;
  •  On August 29th, two female bartenders report a group of approximately ten patrons, including recording artist Cardi B, assaulted them with bottles, hookahs and chairs;
  • On August 14th, a female bartender was assaulted by five patrons;  On July 11th, NYPD officers arrested two men in possession of a loaded, defaced firearm;
  • On May 8th, four patrons were robbed at gunpoint directly in front of the club;  On December 9th, two patrons assaulted another with a hookah and glass bottles;
  • On December 8th, a patron fired a gunshot at another patron near the front entrance of the club.

 

“The continued operation of this club poses a real and imminent threat to patrons, police officers and the surrounding neighborhood,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano.

 

“The club has amassed a startling number of violent incidents in less than three years in operation and it is clear this licensee has no desire, or is simply incapable of operating a safe, lawful establishment.”

 

On October 3rd, the SLA charged Angel’s with five violations of the ABC Law, including for operating a disorderly premises, failure to supervise, and for becoming a focal point for police attention.

 

The State Administrative Procedure Act authorizes a State agency to summarily suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action. When the SLA summarily suspends a license, it also serves a Notice of Pleading alleging one or more disciplinary violations. In invoking a summary suspension, the SLA has deemed the violation to be sufficiently serious upon initial review to warrant an immediate suspension. The SLA’s decision to summarily suspend a license is not a final determination on the merits of the case. The licensee is entitled to an expedited administrative law hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. An order of summary suspension remains in effect until such time as it is modified by the SLA or a reviewing Court.