A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a bouncer was stabbed to death outside a private New Year’s Eve party in London.
The man is currently in custody at a central London police station, a spokesman from the Met Police said.
Tudor Simionov, 33, was found with stab injuries in Park Lane, Westminster at around 5.30am on Tuesday, 1 January.
Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, Mr Simionov, a Romanian national who lived in Ilford, was pronounced dead just after 6am.
A woman and two other men were also found with stab injuries. They were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, said: “This shocking attack has left one man dead and three others with significant injuries. The fact this takes place during the New Year celebrations has rightly captured a lot of attention.
“Whilst my team have already spoken to a number of witnesses, others are yet to be traced. It is understandable that some people may have left the scene immediately after having witnessed the attack, possibly not knowing how serious it was at the time.
“But now, knowing this has resulted in murder of Mr Simionov and the serious injuries inflicted upon the three other victims, they should come forward and assist the investigation.
“Mr Simionov and the two injured men were working as security staff for the private party when they were attacked by a group of males who were outside trying to enter.”
Anyone with information, no matter how small, is urged to contact the incident room on 0208 358 0300 or officers via 101 quoting reference 3276/1Jan or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Mr Simionov moved to London in October with his girlfriend, and was hoping to start a family, a close friend revealed.
Another childhood pal said he hoped “karma” catches up with the killers.
The pal, who knew him from childhood, told Mirror Online: “He came there with his girlfriend and they were planning to marry and have a baby.”
And she continued: “Everyone you talk to about him will tell you that he was a great guy, very happy even if he had a rough life, with his smile on his face.
“(He was) a big guy, you would think that you would be afraid of him, but he was very soft and gentle. He was a guy who you would count on, he would have helped you with anything.
“He thought of moving to Britain after his mother died, he was alone here, and he wanted a new start in life, and that’s how he and his girlfriend decided to move.
“I don’t know if they wanted to stay, but for sure they wanted to try. He just wanted a family in a new place.”
Friend Dorin Ionut posted on Facebook: “Rest in peace my little brother.”
He told Mirror Online: “I’m devastated.
“I lost my good brother! It’s very hard for me to talk now, I can’t imagine he’s not with us anymore.
“We did so many things together in our life’s but suddenly he’s no more!”
And he continued: “I’m sad, whoever did this will be punished by God and karma.”
Just 10 weeks ago, Mr Simionov’s girlfriend, Madalina Anghel, posted a picture of the couple arriving in London, captioned “#goodbyeromania”.
She told the Evening Standard: “Right now I can’t think about him in the past. He was my future husband and we came to London from Romania for a better life.
And she added: “We were happily and excitedly talking about having children together.”
The Metropolitan Police said two other men – aged 37 and 29 – and a 29-year-old woman were also found with stab injuries.