Man fatally stabbed outside Corona bar featured in Spike TV’s ‘Bar Rescue’


An investigation was underway Monday after a man was stabbed to death and another was injured outside a Corona bar featured in the TV show “Bar Rescue.”

Police responded about 11:23 p.m. Sunday to a report of a stabbing in the parking lot of Racks Billiards & Bourbon in the 1600 block of East 6th Street. The pool hall shares a parking lot with Platinum Angels, an exotic dance club.

A witness told a police dispatcher that a man had been stabbed and a possible suspect had been seen running away, said officials with the Corona Police Department.


When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers were directed to an area where a possible suspect had been seen, where they took a man into custody for questioning, police said.

Later, police found a second stabbing victim, who was dead and lying in the east parking lot of Racks. He has not been identified yet, police said.

It was unclear if the stabbings were related. Detectives were still investigating the incident.

Racks, formerly known as Angels Sports Bar, underwent an overhaul in 2011 for the Spike TV makeover show “Bar Rescue.”

Show host and bar consultant Jon Taffer sought to change the biker bar’s reputation. It was opened in 1992 by a former female wrestler named Renee Vicary and nearly closed.


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