St. Petersburg woman arrested after attacking people with knives, shoe and her own handcuffs

ST. PETE BEACH — Authorities say Kem Butler attacked several people using knives, a long screwdriver, her shoe — and even the handcuffs slapped on her wrists after her arrest.

Butler was in the back of a Pinellas sheriff's transport van, authorities say, when the woman slipped out of her handcuffs and used them to attack another prisoner while they were on their way to the county jail. Butler, 46, was arrested on charges of felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery.

According to St. Pete Beach Police Department reports, she used a 10-inch butcher knife, a 12-inch bread knife and an 8-inch screwdriver to try to slash and stab at two men about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

The reports do not say if anyone was injured. Butler also used a shoe to attack a woman's face and head, police say, leaving a bump and a bruise on the victim's head. Then an hour later, while she was in the back of a sheriff's van, deputies say she somehow slipped off her handcuffs and used them to beat another woman in the face.

Three other prisoners inside the van tried to aid the injured woman, the sheriff's report said. None of the reports say what precipitated these incidents at 7370 Gulf Blvd.

Butler, of 722 Second St. N in St. Petersburg, was held at the Pinellas County jail Friday in lieu of $15,150 bail.

St. Petersburg woman arrested after attacking people with knives, shoe and her own handcuffs 07/03/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 3, 2009 8:23pm]

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