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Police: Bar fight led to Clearwater stabbing

CLEARWATER — A 49-year-old man is accused of stabbing another man after a bar fight early Thursday.

Willie Lee McNeill, of 1212 Caracas Ave., was charged with aggravated battery. On Thursday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to Clearwater police, McNeill and 30-year-old Ronald Schroeder of Largo got into a fist fight at Razzel's Lounge at 2794 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. around 2:30 a.m.

During the fight, police said, McNeill grabbed a knife from his pocket and stabbed Schroeder twice, then got into his vehicle and drove away.

Schroeder was rushed into emergency surgery at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, an arrest report states.

Police soon found McNeill's vehicle and "initiated a high risk traffic stop," said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

After he was arrested, McNeill, whose last name is listed as McNeil in jail records, told police he was acting in self-defense, the report said. But a police officer noted he did not have visible injuries from the fight.

Police: Bar fight led to Clearwater stabbing 09/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 2:20pm]
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