Violence marred the Vans Warped tour’s stop in West Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend after a 24-year-old concertgoer was stabbed in the chest during a dispute in the mosh pit.
The “Palm Beach Post” reports that Jacob Staley was allegedly attacked and stabbed by Lonnie Griffin in front of the stage at the Mars Music Amphitheater during a set by Los Angeles-based punk rock band NOFX.
Griffin was held by other fans attending the show until the venue’s security and West Palm Beach sheriff’s deputies could arrive, the paper reported. Griffin was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and then taken into custody and formally charged with aggravated battery.
The wounded Staley was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he remains hospitalized in stable condition as of press time.
The incident began when Griffin allegedly confronted Staley and his friends in the mosh pit, asking the victim “What the f*** are you
looking at?” Griffin then allegedly punched Staley and stabbed him.
The stabbing came just prior to the final week of the otherwise peaceful Vans Warped 2000 tour, which is currently scheduled to end on August 6 in El Paso, Texas.