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Brandon Banks Stabbing Incident: Caught on Tape

In an altercation that left Washington Redskins player Brandon Banks with stitches—and his friend Christopher Nixon, with serious stab wounds—the buddy of the football player may have thrown the first punch, according to charging documents.

The court papers for Jason Dacosta Shorter, who has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, also say that police have obtained security footage that shows the blow-by-blow of the incident, which happened in front of the Park at Fourteenth nightclub at 920 14th Street NW, around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The argument, which reportedly began with a comment about the fact that Shorter was wearing white after Labor Day, took place as Shorter left the club. Court papers say there's video of Shorter pulling a knife and then hiding it behind his back as words flew. Nixon then allegedly punched Shorter. It wasn't clear from court papers whether the blow was dealt out of anger or in an effort to preempt a knife attack from Shorter.

By this point, Banks might have been trying to break things up, according to media reports. A bouncer also intervened, getting between the parties.

But Shorter allegedly "reached over" the bouncer to stab Nixon, according to the court documents. Nixon and Banks, the documents say, "then became engaged in a physical altercation in which defendant repeatedly stabbed" the football player and his friend.

Both men were later hospitalized: Banks with a stab wound to the abdomen, Nixon with multiple stabs to the face and upper body. Nixon is in critical condition; Banks' wounds were superficial.

Cops originally arrested Shorter on assault with the intent to kill, but prosecutors filed the lesser charge of assault with a deadly weapon. That Nixon initiated the physical part of the altercation could be a reason why the lesser charge was filed. William Miller, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, says the office reviews every case in order to decide what charges will be first presented to the court. "In this case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Mr. Shorter with assault with a dangerous weapon. Because the matter remains under investigation, we have no additional comment on the case."

As an interesting side-note, this is the kind of nightclub crime that prompts the city to impose an emergency closure of a spot like Park at Fourteenth. But Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokeswoman Cynthia Simms says it's unlikely that such a sanction is coming. Why? "The incident didn't happen inside the club," Simms says.  If it had, she says, the club would likely have been shut down for a period.

Though it doesn't face being closed, Park at Fourteenth will probably face an ABRA inquiry over the fact that Shorter, allegedly a patron of the establishment that night, had a weapon on him even though he would have gone through the club security.

Read below to see the charging documents.

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  • Rick Mangus

    What I like to know is how and why in the hell is this guy (Shorter) is out on the street? The combination of an incompetent police department and a bunch of stupid asses at the U.S. Attorneys office makes me cry-out for Federal control of this city again!

  • Pat Benjamin

    This is such irresponsible journalism. How could you publish the name and address of a defendant who was jumped by thugs and had to defend himself from harm? Have you read or heard about what has happened to people who get jumped outside and inside clubs who do not defend themselves? The Washington Redskins should change their name to the “Washington Thugskins” for all the thugs and their friends they have bought in our community. Moreover, you should be fired immediately and held responsible for any mischief that may affect this family who live at this address!


    this guy had a long blade in the club,that is one reason that this pollice chief shut down many clubs,why not this time. maybe because the owners have a very good friend in Ms. Lorrain Green,who by the way had the mayors 2 victory parties at this owners 2 clubs. same guy who was over $1million in back taxes.

  • Sean

    Just because people got into an altercation, that doesn't make them thugs. If you feel the need to carry a knife when you go out to a club then you probably don't need to be going out anyway. If Nixon or Banks had died of their injuries it wouldn't matter who threw the first punch, that dude would be getting locked up for a few years. And who cares about publishing Shorter's name. They said it on the EVENING NEWS plenty of times, not to mention FILMING IN FRONT OF SHORTER'S HOUSE. Guess you must have really been peeing in your pants then. And I honestly wouldn't care if Shorter ended up with an a$$whooping. The dudes that bring weapons into clubs/bars are the ones fking things up for everyone else just trying to have a good time.