Last week, Shusaku Shiroyama, the former owner of East 12th Street bar Moloko, was found guilty of attacking Miguel Angel Torres (aka DJ Ulovei) with a samurai sword last year, as reported by the Statesman,
During the trial, Shiroyama, who also went by the name Charlie Valentine, admitted to attacking Torres in January 2017 with a samurai sword and dagger at the DJ’s apartment. He was charged with burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
The jury sentenced Shiroyama with probation in light of his mental health issues as noted by his attorney and a psychiatrist, instead of making him serve jail time for 99 years. He said that he was experiencing a manic episode during the night of the attack, as the Statesman reported.
In a separate incident, Shiroyama is also facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly brandishing a gun on a Fasten driver in December 2016. That case hasn’t been completed yet, according to the Statesman.
After the January 2017 incident, Moloko co-owner Miguel Jimenez relieved Shiroyama of his managing partner duties. The Clockwork Orange-inspired bar, which opened on Halloween in 2016, seemed to have closed sometime last year. It has been replaced with a new bar called the 13th Floor.
- Jury Weighs Case of Man Who Admits He Stabbed Local DJ [Statesman]
- Ex-Bar Owner Guilty in 2017 Stabbing Attack That Left DJ Injured [Statesman]
- Former Austin Bar Owner Gets Probation for Wounding DJ With Sword [Statesman]
- Former Moloko Bar Partner Attacks DJ With a Sword [EATX]
- All Coverage of Moloko [EATX]