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12-038 Deputies Investigate Apparent Accidental Stabbing At Dunedin Mardi Gras Celebration

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Robert Joseph Casey (Stabbing victim)
DOB: 01/26/1956
Address: 165 Medallion Boulevard, Madeira Beach

Deputies are investigating what appears to be an accidental stabbing of a man during the Dunedin Mardi Gras celebrations.

Deputies responded to the call at about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

The incident occurred on Main Street and the Pinellas Trail.

According to deputies, 56 year-old Robert Joseph Casey, who was dressed as a pirate, was posing for pictures with a group of teenagers that he did not know. Deputies say Casey had a knife in a scabbard as part of his costume – and that one of the teens in the group grabbed the knife and posed for a photo pointing the knife at him (Casey). Someone subsequently noticed that Casey had blood on his shirt; and called for help.

Dunedin Fire Rescue personnel responded and transported Casey by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say the stabbing appears to be accidental in nature.

The investigation continues. 

Deputies would like to speak to the teen who held the knife and posed for the photo - and ask him to contact Deputy Chris Mantzanas at 727 582-6200. He is described as a white male, about 6ft tall, wearing a white t-shirt and flashing pink glasses.

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