Nightclub stabbing victim expected to testify today
March 6, 2006
A casino security guard stabbed in the neck by a Bay Area DJ is anticipated to testify in a Douglas County courtroom today in the case of Justin Ready, a 25-year-old accused of using a small knife in attacking two men outside Altitude nightclub.
David Gontang is expected to testify on the events during the night of Nov. 27 at the nightclub inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Ready was on the stage used by dancers when he was told to get off the platform and ordered out of the casino, authorities said.
While being escorted out of the club, a scuffle ensued. In a motion to continue the Feb. 10 preliminary hearing, Deputy District Attorney Dina Salvucci stated Gontang is “anxious to testify.”
“Furthermore Mr. Gontang will testify that once outside the club, the defendant began to swear, pushed Mr. Gontang and ultimately stabbed Mr. Gontang in the neck,” the motion stated. “Mr. Gontang will testify to his injuries, medical care and current condition.”
The motion to move the hearing to a later date was prompted by Gontang needing surgery in late January.
Gontang and Ahmet Albayrha were transported by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center in Reno for their injuries. The two guards were each stabbed once in the neck. Named as suspect early in the investigation, Ready eluded authorities until he turned himself in, along with a small folding knife believed to be the stabbing weapon, on Dec. 7. His attorney, Dirk Manoukian, claimed his client acted in self defense.
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Ready remains in Douglas County Jail at $200,000 bail. He is charged with attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm and battery with a deadly weapon.