Monday, January 22, 2018
Public safety

Questions linger in stabbing of 'pirate' at Mardi Gras parade in Dunedin

DUNEDIN — First there was a Mardi Gras parade, chock full of beads and floats and revelry.

Then there was an accidental stabbing involving a "pirate."

Pinellas County deputies say a 56-year-old man dressed in a pirate costume was stabbed by his own knife shortly after the city's Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday night. The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. on Main Street at the Pinellas Trail.

Robert Joseph Casey, a New Jersey resident who also has a Madeira Beach address, was dressed in pirate regalia, like many others at the parade. His costume included a knife in a scabbard.

He was posing for photos with a group of teenagers that he didn't know, authorities said. One of the teens, who was wearing flashing pink glasses at the time, grabbed the knife and posed for the photo, pointing the knife at the "pirate."

Sometime later, someone noticed blood on Casey's shirt and called for help.

It wasn't immediately clear how the costumed man was stabbed and didn't realize it.

Casey was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center. Deputies expected him to survive his injuries.

On Wednesday, deputies were hoping to talk to the unidentified teenager who was involved in what investigators were calling an "accidental stabbing." The teen was described as a 6-foot-tall white male wearing a white T-shirt and the pink glasses.

Officials were asking him to contact Deputy Chris Mantzanas at (727) 582-6200.

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