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Pub loses entertainment license after bouncer denied entry to ex-Marine, then stabbed him

 Daniel Martinez (Courtesy photos)

Will Katcher


The Boston bar at which a bouncer is accused of stabbing a recently-discharged Marine after denying him entry had its entertainment license suspended indefinitely Thursday, according to reports.

Boston police said that Sons of Boston, a popular pub near Faneuil Hall, had armed security without approval and failed to call police following the bouncer’s suspected involvement in the stabbing incident Saturday, the Boston Globe reported.

Alvaro Larrama, the 38-year-old bouncer, was held without bail Monday in Boston Municipal Court on a murder charge in connection with the fatal stabbing of Daniel Martinez, 23, outside the bar. He pleaded not guilty.

Martinez, a Chicago-area native, had recently completed four years of military service and was visiting a friend in Boston for St. Patrick’s Day, according to Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden.

Investigators said Larrama denied Martinez and friends entry to the pub, but then followed them down the block. According to prosecutors, video surveillance from the area showed a confrontation that ended in Martinez’s stabbing.

Boston police issued six licensed premise violations to the bar Thursday, the Globe reported. In addition to claiming the bar had armed security without approval and had not called police following the stabbing incident, police said the owners were responsible for an assault and battery on a customer with a dangerous weapon and had failed to supervise conduct at the businesses.

The entertainment license — independent of an alcohol license — allowed the bar to hire a DJ or live music, let customers dance, and host karaoke and trivia nights, according to the Globe. The license was seized by police and returned to the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing.

The office also suspended the license indefinitely Monday after realizing the bar’s owner, Causeway Union, LLC, had not submitted a security and operational plan when the license was issued a year ago. Until the plan is submitted and approved by regulators, the license will remain suspended, the newspaper reported.

After Larrama turned Martinez and friends away from the bar, the sides exchanged words before the bouncer followed the group down the street. According to prosecutors, video surveillance from the area showed Martinez “raising his left hand as if to defend himself” and then hitting Larrama in the head with an aluminum beer bottle. The footage then shows Larrama striking Martinez in the chest, prosecutors said.

Police were called to the area just before 7 p.m. Saturday and found Martinez suffering a single stab wound to the chest. He was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced dead at roughly 7:30 p.m.

Larrama returned to the Sons of Boston, washed his hands, tossed away his sweatshirt and turned his shirt inside out, police said. He then left the bar via a back exit.

“The heartbreak for Mr. Martinez’s family, and for all those who knew and served with him, is incalculable,” Hayden said. “This is also heartbreaking for Boston, because it represents an image of the city that does not truly reflect who we are.”

Several of the Larrama’s colleagues at the bar identified the bouncer as the person who had stabbed Martinez, prosecutors said.

Boston police issued a warrant for Larrama’s arrest Saturday night. He turned himself in at a Boston police station Monday morning.

Larrama is next due in court April 28.

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