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Deputies: Intoxicated man stabs bartender at Pinellas pub


Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -

A bartender who refused to serve an intoxicated patron was attacked and cut by the knife-wielding customer late Sunday, Pinellas County deputies said.

James Klingbeil, 50, came to the Red Lion Pub just after 11 p.m. and was already drunk, deputies said. The bartender, Rebecca Shaeffer, 32, refused to serve him alcohol. An argument between them ensued, but Klingbeil left, deputies said.

Klingbeil walked to a nearby grocery, bought a fillet knife and returned to the pub, at 1407 Gulf Blvd., deputies said. Klingbeil got into an argument with Shaeffer, then attacked her with the knife, deputies said. She received multiple lacerations.

Three customers attempted to help Shaffer and were injured in the process, deputies said. They eventually wrestled Klingbeil to the ground and took the knife, deputies said.

Bar patron Michael Arnold, 26, of Clearwater, was punched in the face by Klingbeil, deputies said. Nicholaus Rees, 35, received an arm laceration and Gordon Rees, 44, both of Largo, had a hand laceration. They went to local hospitals for treatment.

Schaeffer, of Indian Rocks Beach, was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

Klingbeil, of 110 Ninth St., Belleair Beach, faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery and battery. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

An investigation is still under way.

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