Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit
James Klingbeil (Arrested)
Address: 110 9th Street, Belleair Beach
Arrested for Attempted Murder, two-counts Aggravated Assault and one- count Battery
Rebecca D. Schaefer (Victim)
Address: 712 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach
Nicholaus Rees (Victim)
Address: 303 Live Oak Lane, Largo
Michael W. Arnold (Victim)
Address: 205 Orangeview Avenue, Clearwater
Gordon Rees (Victim)
Address: Live Oak Lane, Largo
Deputies have arrested a man after he injured four people during an Indian Rocks Beach Bar stabbing incident. Bar patrons held suspect down until deputies arrived on scene.
Deputies responded to the incident at about 11:11 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Deputies responded to the Red Lion Pub located at 1407 Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach.
Deputies initially responded to a disturbance at the Red Lion Pub in Indian Rocks Beach. Upon arrival, deputies discovered three victims with stab wounds and the suspect, later identified as 50-year-old James Klingbeil, being held down by patrons of the bar.
According to deputies, Klingbeil had been at the Red Lion earlier in the evening for a drink. The bartender refused to sell alcohol to him as he was already highly intoxicated. A verbal altercation ensued and Klingbeil then left the bar without further incident.
Deputies say Klingbeil then walked over to the USA Grocers located at 1211 Gulf Boulevard where he purchased a fillet knife. Klingbeil then returned to the Red Lion, where he got into a verbal altercation with 32-year-old Rebecca Shaeffer (a bartender). At some point during the altercation, Klingbeil pulled out the knife and began attacking Schaeffer with it.
According to deputies, bar patrons 35-year-old Nicholaus Rees, 26-year-old Michael Arnold and 44-year-old Gordon Rees attempted to help Schaeffer and were injured in the process. Nicholaus Rees suffered a laceration to his right forearm, Michael 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 transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She sustained multiple lacerations. Nicholaus Rees was transported to Largo Medical Center by his brother Gordon Rees for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Michael Arnold transported himself to Bayfront Medical Center 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.
The investigation continues.