A Clearwater couple was arrested after a man was stabbed multiple times on the Dunedin Causeway. The victim’s stepson was also battered during the incident, authorities said.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a stabbing on 62 Causeway Boulevard at about 5:25 p.m. Sunday.
Deputies said 41-year-old Javier Solis and 48-year-old Lynette Kist attacked a family.
Dwayne Rouleau said he’s lucky to be alive.
“I got stabbed in the side three times. One of them was really deep. Two of them were not. He just said I got lucky no vitals were hit,” said Rouleau.
Investigators said Solis and Kist attacked Rouleau and his stepson on the beach at Dunedin Causeway Sunday evening.
“My wife was swimming on a raft and I was asleep in my chair. Had a canopy over top of me, had my legs stretched out on top of another chair and I was asleep and out of the blue this lady comes running up to me screaming,” he said.
Rouleau was stabbed and his stepson was brutally punched in the face.
Solis and Kist took off, but were later caught.
Detectives said Kist tossed the knife in the water.
Still bloodied and bruised, Rouleau and his family showed up to court to plea for a higher bond after they said Kist made threats to kill them.
“We’re in fear of what she said. She knows where we live and everything and we’re just in fear she might come to our house,” said Christopher Gourlay, Rouleau’s stepson.
Rouleau doesn’t know the couple and wants to know why they attacked them.
The family called them dangerous.
“These people tried to kill us, basically, tried to kill us,” said Rouleau.
Rouleau was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Gourlay was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Kist was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries after she was also cut by the knife.
Deputies arrested Solis and transported him to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
Solis was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Battery and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Immediately after being released from the hospital, deputies arrested Kist and transported her to the Pinellas County Jail.
Kist was charged with one count of Battery and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence.
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