Former Member Stabs, Bites Cro-Mags At CBGB Festival

By Michael Nelson / July 7, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Violence erupted at last night’s NYHC-stacked CBGB Festival performance at Webster Hall when former Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan attacked current Cro-Mags members Mike “The Gook” Couls and William Berario, according to the New York Post.

According to Metal Insider, bouncers were given a picture of Flanagan prior to the show and instructed to keep him out of the venue. Somehow, though, he got in. Flanagan allegedly stabbed Couls and bit Berario in a dressing room before the band’s set; he was eventually subdued by six security guards, breaking his leg in the process. Police reportedly handcuffed Flanagan to a chair and took him to the hospital. He was arrested on two counts of 2nd degree assault and weapons charges.

According to reports, Couls was cut on his arms and stomach, and Berario was slashed above his eye and bitten on his cheek. Both were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Here’s CBGB Festival’s statement on the matter:

We are saddened to learn about the events that occurred last night at Webster Hall. Our primary concern is always the safety and experience of New Yorkers, music fans and the general public. Naturally we will fully cooperate with law enforcement while hoping for the speedy recovery of those injured.

Live music can be incredibly uplifting, empowering and positive. We don’t feel the actions of one person should overshadow four amazing days and nights of events that include today’s historic and unprecedented free concerts in Times Square and Central Park.
-The CBGB Festival

[Photo via Bowery Boogie.]