Chelsea strip club employee charged with stabbing patron

A Chelsea strip club employee is facing charges that he allegedly stabbed a patron of the club repeatedly in the head, neck, and chest, Suffolk County prosecutors said today.

Jody Lassiter, 49, of Everett, was arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court on a charge of armed assault with intent to murder. Judge D. Dunbar Livingston ordered Lassiter held on $50,000 bail, prosecutors said.

The charge stems from a May 15 incident outside King Arthur’s Lounge on Beacham Street in Chelsea. Prosecutors say Lassiter, a floor man at the lounge, and the victim, a 33-year-old Somerville man, argued with each other inside the club. When the victim was asked to leave for being “visibly drunk and belligerent,” Lassiter clocked out and followed him, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.

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Following an altercation outside the club, Lassiter allegedly stabbed the victim about 10 times in the head, neck, shoulders, and chest, officials said. The victim was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in critical condition with injuries Conley’s office said were so severe that police notified the Suffolk County State Police detective unit, which has jurisdiction over homicides in Chelsea.

Lassiter is due back in court on June 25.