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Man jailed after fight, stabbing at St. Pete bar

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM

A 35-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after stabbing another man after an argument at a downtown bar, St. Petersburg police said.

William R. Wasel, 35, of 2675 50th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault. He was at the Pinellas County Jail, where bail was set at $30,000.

Just before 1 a.m., Wasel was at the Octave Bar, 661 Central Ave., and started arguing with a woman, police said.

James Langner, 35, of Tampa, a friend of the woman, intervened and Wasel punched him in the face, and the two fought as bar security tried to intervene, police said.

Wasel then pulled a knife with a four-inch blade and started swinging it wildly at people around the fight, police said. A bar employee used a chair as a shield to help push Wasel out of the establishment. No other bar patrons was injured by the knife.

Once outside, Wasel confronted Langner again and stabbed him in the lower chest, police said. Several people caught Wasel and disarmed him, holding him until police arrived.

Langner was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where it was found that the knife had pierced his liver but surgery was not required, police said. His wound was not life-threatening.

Wasel also went to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries from the confrontation with people at the bar, police said.

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