Charlottesville Police Investigate Crime Spike

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

January 29, 2007

A fight inside Amigos restaurant Friday night turned fierce as it spilled out into the parking lot, leaving two men with bullet wounds and in the hospital as police search for a suspect.

While police were sorting out details of the shooting at Amigos just several miles away another fight broke out at Tokyo Rose, and that time their weapon of choice was a knife.

Police found two victims with stab wounds, and then later the suspect Miguel Salazar turned up at Martha Jefferson hospital with knife wounds as well.

Derek Adams runs Capital Tattoo next door to the restaurant and night club. He said he sees a lot of crime he attributes to the establishment.

"All the wild stuff happens over night, we come in the next morning and all the owners are like oh my building got broken into or we see the mail slots and things being vandalized," Adams said.

And he said that vandalism stems from an even bigger problem with Tokyo Rose, underage drinking.

"The newspaper stands will be knocked over or the businesses will be broken into or the windows will be broken mostly from underage drinking ...coming from Tokyo Rose," Adams said.

These incidents happened within the 1:00 hour early Saturday morning, even more crime followed at 2 am when another man turned up at UVa Medical Center who said he was sitting in his car along Cherry Avenue when someone pulled up and opened fire. Police are still investigating if the two shootings were related.


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