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Tampa woman charged with battery after bar fight

Published:   |   Updated: May 26, 2013 at 09:55 PM

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A Tampa woman was arrested early Sunday morning for stabbing another female bar patron after a dispute, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Amanda Patrice Billington, 31, 1807 Knollwood Street, was inside Blue Note, 1510 Nebraska Avenue, about 1:30 a.m. when she was bumped by another woman, according to an arrest report. The two began to argue inside the bar, and the quarrel eventually spilled out into the street.

As the two argued, Billington used a knife to cut the victim on her back and under her chin in addition to several smaller lacerations on her chest, officers said.

Billington was arrested about 30 minutes later and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She was released just before 10 a.m. Sunday after posting $7,500 bond.

The Blue Note bar was also the scene of a June 2011 stabbing in which two women were stabbed by a third woman.

The third woman in that altercation, Denise V. Gallon, was sprayed with mace during an argument with another female. After recovering, Gallon armed herself with two knives and walked to nearby Salem's Gyro & Subs, police said, then stabbed two women who were not involved in the fight. She later went into the restaurant’s bathroom and cut herself.

All three women recovered from their wounds after treatment at local hospitals. Gallon was charged with two counts of aggravated battery in that case.

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