Police: Stabbing suspects among those injured

Rocco LaDuca and Vanessa Ebbeling

Police believe all of the suspects involved in Saturday's early morning stabbings at The Bogie night club are among the seven people who were injured, investigators said Sunday.

Several knives were recovered from the scene, and investigators still are trying to determine what triggered the argument inside the nightclub before it spilled out into the parking lot shortly before 2 a.m., Lt. Grace Pruitt said.

“We believe that all the people that were treated are the people involved,” Pruitt said. “Now it's just a matter of sorting that out.”

No one has been charged, she said.

Seven people were treated for their non-life threatening injuries, but only six of them suffered stab wounds, Pruitt said. They were:

* Gabriel Garcia, 25, of New York Mills.

* Anthony Ionta, 24, of Utica.

* Kyle Kline, 24, of Utica.

* Louis Sbarra, 23, of Utica.

* Stanley Grobsmith, 23, of Sullivan.

* Ronald Brown, 20, of Syracuse.

* Antwan Williams, 22, of Syracuse.

Most of the injured individuals already have been released from an area hospital, but Pruitt said hospital confidentiality regulations make it difficult for police to keep track of all their subjects during the investigation.

Two distinct groups from Utica and Syracuse were involved in the confrontation that escalated once bouncers escorted both sides outside, Pruitt said.

When asked if the incident was gang related, Pruitt said she would not describe it that way.

“It appears that the Utica people knew the Utica people, and the Syracuse people were with the Syracuse people,” Pruitt said.

The bar, with more than 10,000 square feet of space, was hosting an event Friday night called “Big Boy Presents Black Out @ The Bogie.”

The Bogie was opened in November 2006 by Tony Festa, former owner of the 1990s hotspot The Bogie in Rome. He is leasing the building, which formerly housed a fiber optics company, from Pyramid Brokerage Co.

Police also are conducting an alcohol beverage control investigation New York State Liquor Authority information and the names of the people who were working at the club at the time, police said.