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St. Petersburg bar brawl ends with stabbing, arrest

ST. PETERSBURG — A man was arrested early Wednesday for stabbing another during a brawl outside a downtown bar, police said.

William R. Wasel, 35, was at the Octave Bar at 661 Central Ave. when he began to argue with a woman just before 1 a.m. James Langer, her friend, intervened, but Wasel punched him in the face, St. Petersburg police said.

Langer struck back as several bar security guards tried to separate the two men.

That's when Wasel brandished a four-inch knife and swung it wildly at bar patrons gathered around the scuffle. An employee used a chair to push Wasel out of the bar.

But once outside, Wasel confronted Langer again and stabbed him once in his abdomen. Wasel tried to run, but was grabbed and disarmed by patrons. They called 911.

Langer was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where it was determined he had sustained a non-life-threatening puncture wound to his liver, police said.

Wasel was also hospitalized for treatment of injuries he sustained to his face during the fight. He was later arrested.

Wasel faces aggravated battery and aggravated assault charges. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Wednesday morning in lieu of $30,000 bail.

St. Petersburg bar brawl ends with stabbing, arrest 09/26/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:17pm]
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