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Altercation leads to stabbing on Dunedin Causeway, deputies say

Javier Solis, left, and Lynette Kist are in custody after an altercation with a man and his stepson led to a stabbing at the Dunedin Causeway on May 20, 2019. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published May 20

A Clearwater man and woman are in custody after an altercation with a man and his stepson led to a stabbing Sunday on the Dunedin Causeway.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. as they were parked along the beach on the southwest side of the causeway.

Deputies say Javier Solis, 41, and Lynette Kist, 49, began arguing for unknown reasons with 54-year-old Dwayne Rouleau, of New Port Richey, who was with his family and parked next to the pair.

During the altercation, deputies say Kist approached Rouleau from behind and placed him in a headlock, prompting Rouleau's stepson, 19-year-old Christopher Gourlay, to attempt to pull Kist away.

Solis went into his Ford F-150 pickup truck and retrieved a knife, deputies say. He accidentally cut Kist during the struggle before stabbing Rouleau multiple times in the stomach and beating Gourley.

The two then drove away as Kist threw the knife out of the passenger window and into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Deputies responding to the scene located the truck that matched the description and pulled it over a short time later after the pair had left the causeway.

Rouleau and Kist were treated at a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, deputies say. Gourley was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Solis and Kist are both being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Solis faces charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and Kist on charges of battery and tampering with evidence. Bail for Solis was set for $12,500 and Kist at $2,500, jail records show.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks_Times

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