James Klingbeil mug shot 5/20/13
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida -- Just after 11 p.m. Sunday night deputies responded to a disturbance at the Red Lion Pub in Indian Rocks Beach.
When they got there, they learned three people had been stabbed and the suspect, later identified as 50-year-old James Klingbeil, was being held down by patrons of the bar.
Witnesses told deputies, Klingbeil went at the Red Lion earlier in the evening for a drink but the bartender refused to sell alcohol to him because he was already highly intoxicated. The two argued and Klingbeil left the bar.
Deputies say Klingbeil walked over to the USA Grocers at 1211 Gulf Boulevard where he bought a fillet knife. He then returned to the Red Lion, where he got into a verbal argument with 32-year-old bartender Rebecca Shaeffer.
At some point during the argument, Klingbeil pulled out the knife and attacked Schaeffer with it.
According to deputies, bar patrons Nicholaus Rees, Michael Arnold and Gordon Rees tried to help Schaeffer and were injured in the process.
Nicholaus Rees suffered a laceration to his right forearm, Arnold suffered a laceration to his hand and Gordon Rees was punched in the face by the suspect.
Deputies say eventually patrons were able to take Klingbeil to the ground and get the knife away from him.
Schaeffer was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries due to multiple lacerations.
Nicholaus Rees was taken to Largo Medical Center by his brother Gordon Rees for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Michael Arnold drove himself to Bayfront Medical Center also for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Klingbeil was arrested for attempted murder, two-counts aggravated battery and battery and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.
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