EVERETT, MA — Encore Boston Harbor announced a series of safety enhancements after a week that saw a shooting, stabbing and a large party on or near the casino property.
A spokesperson for the casino said new protocols include a maximum occupancy of six people in any hotel guest room, increased security personnel at hotel elevator banks to ensure only registered guests have access to rooms and a four-person cap on elevators. There will also be increased security patrols of all hotel floors.
Violators of the six-person limit will be kicked out, and the registered guest could face a $1,000 fine, a spokesperson said.
A stabbing Thursday was the latest in a series of incidents at Encore this week. David Guante, 30, of Natick, is accused of stabbing a 24-year-old Lynn man in the casino lobby around 2 a.m. He was arrested in the parking lot and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Authorities also say a shooting in Everett early Sunday stemmed from an altercation in the Encore lobby. Daryl Brown, 29, of Randolph, waited for the victim outside the casino garage and followed him to the Sweetser Circle ramp, firing multiple shots from his car into the man’s car, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said.
Brown was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm.
The victims in both cases survived.
Police were also recently called to break up a party in one of Encore’s private suites that violated the state’s restrictions on indoor gatherings due to the coronavirus. The organizer told NBC Boston there were about 30 people in attendance but claimed the suite was big enough for social distancing.
“We have zero tolerance for irresponsible or unsafe behavior anywhere on our property,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to Patch. “Once aware of any issue, we immediately take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.”