Ottobar employee killed in double stabbing in Remington

The Baltimore Sun

An employee at a Remington concert venue died after he and another man were stabbed outside the nightclub early Friday morning, Baltimore police said.

Tom Malenski, 35, was attending a concert on a night off from work when he helped a co-worker break up a fight and removed a patron from the club, said Mike Bowen, one of the owners of the Ottobar.

As Malenski led the patron away from the bar in the 2500 block of N. Howard St., he and another man were attacked — possibly by a friend of the patron, Bowen said.

Police said officers found Malenski about 2 a.m. with stab wounds in his neck and the other victim with a cut to the face. Both were taken to an area hospital, where Malenski died.

Police have not identified a suspect. Police spokesman Jarron Jackson said investigators have not determined whether the stabbing was related to the dispute inside.

Bowen said Malenski has "been a part of the music scene for a really long time. He will obviously be deeply missed. It's a very dark, dark day."

The Ottobar planned to hold a vigil for Malenski at the nightclub's upstairs bar Friday night. "Drinks will not be served out of respect," the invitation read. "He always found solace in his work here, his extended family."

Several bouquets of flowers had been left outside the bar's door Friday afternoon.

Bowen said Malenski had worked at the venue for several years. He said Malenski was a punk rock fan and came to see several bands, including, GBH.

On his Facebook page, Malenski wrote several hours before his death, "last night i took a new friend out and showed them around town a bit. i was constantly running into folks and faces i love seeing. it was one of those nights that reminds me and want to put it out there for everyone that this city and community is amazing."

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