The downtown bar where its bouncer is accused of killing a Navy veteran was grilled by the city’s licensing board on Tuesday as the pub faces a litany of breaches.
Sons of Boston bar – whose attorney at the licensing board hearing said the fatal incident was ‘not foreseeable’ – did not conduct a background check on murder suspect Alvaro Larrama before than the pub hires him as a bouncer.
Sons of Boston has already lost its entertainment license after the fatal stabbing outside the Union Street bar last month. Larrama, a 39-year-old father of four in East Boston, is charged with stabbing 23-year-old US Navy veteran Daniel Martinez to death after the pair apparently clashed.
The pub was before the Boston Licensing Board on Tuesday, as board members listed several violations from the incident. These violations include an employee assaulting a customer with a deadly weapon, an employee making bodily contact with a customer, an armed security guard without prior board approval, and failing to call the police.
Licensing Board President Kathleen Joyce asked bar staff a series of questions, including whether they had done a background check on Larrama. It has not been verified by the CORI pub, they admitted. Larrama has previously served time for theft convictions, as well as a drug-related crime.
Commissioner Liam Curran called the lack of background checks “willful ignorance”.
During the hearing, bar attorney Carolyn Conway said this “tragic and senseless death” at the bar was “not foreseeable for the incumbent”.
“We just didn’t tolerate anyone having weapons,” she said, adding, “The extent of what happened here was just not foreseeable by the licensee, and according to case law, this is the norm.”
Larrama, who worked as a bouncer at the bar, pleaded not guilty to murdering Martinez, who was in town from Illinois and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Marine Corps pal.
Martinez and his friend went to the Sons of Boston pub on Union Street, spending time inside the bar without incident. They then left and apparently waited in line to return to the bar.
As they waited in line, Martinez and the bouncer appeared to get into a confrontation, according to video obtained by police. Martinez then started to walk away and Larrama reportedly chased after him. The bouncer is accused of then attacking Martinez and stabbing him to death.
Larrama allegedly entered the bar after stabbing him, cleaning the blood off himself and turning his shirt, then left the pub through the back door.
Following the initial crime scene investigation, the Boston Police Licensed Premises Unit returned to report violations to the bar, ultimately stating that the facility had armed security without prior approval. advice.
The licensing board took the matter under advisement on Tuesday. On Thursday, the board will vote on potential sanctions.