Good Samaritans talk about Red Lion Pub stabbing

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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - People come to the Red Lion for a beer, pool or darts. But on Sunday night, they got violent chaos instead.

"There were people screaming; people running out the doors," describes Mike Arnold, who came to the Indian rocks Beach bar to meet a girl Sunday night.

See also: Man injures 4 during Red Lion Pub stabbing

And Arnold, 26, was among the Good Samaritans who instead of running away, ran to help the Red Lion bartender. 

"So much blood," he says hands on his head, while sitting on a couch at his Clearwater home. "I don't think I've ever seen so much blood."

PHOTOSSee witness' photos from the scene Sunday night's 

According to the Sheriff's Office, 50-year- old James Klingbeil was responsible for the blood bath. Investigators say he'd been refused service at the pub because he was already drunk. He then went to a nearby grocery, purchased a fillet knife, came back to the Red Lion and attacked bartender Rebecca Schaefer.

And that's when Arnold and other patrons jumped into action.

"I put him in a chokehold from behind. I was able to come up behind him and I grabbed him with [my] arm, like a chokehold, and I reached forward and started grabbing for the knife," Arnold said as he demonstrated the movements. 

He has a stab in his arm, a slash on his hand, and 12 stitches for his efforts.

Nick Rees, a local firefighter, has eight stitches in his arm and his older brother Gordon took a fist to the face while trying to subdue Klingbeil. 

"We saw him stabbing a female and got in the middle-just trying to stop the situation," said Nick. 

Schaefer was in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center Monday morning, but by mid-afternoon had improved to fair.

Red Lion owner Lana Heilman told 10 News that Schaefer has worked there for four years, and is her head bartender. 

"She's a very hard worker, very responsible," says Heilman. And Heilman says some of the other workers who witnessed the attack are traumatized.

As for Arnold, an auto mechanic, he may miss a week's work because of his injuries, but he said it likely made a big difference in the night's outcome.

"It was worth it...I think he would have killed her. I know he would have killed her."

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