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Drunk Man Stabs Bartender

Drunk Man Stabs Bartender

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH (TBO.com)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 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.

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