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Bar Fight Turns Bloody, Victim Paralyzed after Stabbing: Police

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Andrew Barnett, 33.
An argument between two acquaintances inside the Little Bar, a south-city neighborhood dive, spilled over into the streets outside when one man pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the neck and abdomen early Thursday morning, according to police.

Andrew Barnett, 33, of the 5900 block of Livingston Drive, faces one charge of first-degree assault and one charged of armed criminal action. He is held on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Barnett's victim, 32-year-old Kristopher Schmeiderer, was rushed into surgery Thursday morning to repair damage to the pancreas, diaphragm and neck, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Schmeiderer, a father of three young children, was put on a ventilator and couldn't feel anything from the neck down.

See also: How About a Stabbing to Go With That Margarita?

Barnett waited with multiple knives for Schmeiderer to come outside after their inside argument, according to the Post-Dispatch. Barnett fled in a car and was arrested two hours later in south St. Louis County.

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The Little Bar.
When there aren't stabbings going on, the Little Bar is one of the Riverfront Times' favorite holes-in-the-wall. Our music staff described it thusly: "True to its name, this spot is a few hundred square feet at best, and every inch is hazy with cigarette smoke and the dust of hundreds of scratch-off lottery tickets -- conveniently available behind the bar."

See also: The Nine Best Neighborhood Bars in St. Louis: 2013

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Assault 1st (Cutting)

Location: 6343 Alabama (The Little Bar)

Date/Time: 5/08/14 @ 00:05

Victim: 32-year old white male (critical/unstable)

Suspect: 33-year old white male

The victim and the suspect, who are known to each other, were engaged in an argument inside of the bar. They were asked to leave the bar, and while outside, they became involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife in the neck and abdomen. The victim was conveyed to a hospital and listed in critical, unstable condition with death being imminent. The suspect was located and taken into custody by St. Louis County Police. The investigation is ongoing.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

people should partake in recreational marijuana this wouldnt happen

Andi Worzel
Andi Worzel

Steve hunny calm down...its always the small dogs who bark the most

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Sara Ivie-Trankler according to the police report the victims death is imminent so does it make you feel better having a dead guy sans gun? Btw mace doesn't work on everyone, Guns do.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

He was speaking about legally, no speech impediment there wise ass.

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

You have a speech impediment there at the end of your sentence. I can refer you to a therapist if you would like. Always here to help.

Andi Worzel
Andi Worzel

Can't carry when you're drinking at a bar anyways derp

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

I just figured this is the kind of thing that happens regularly at The Little Bar every time I pass it

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

Besides that people make mistakes. He could have had a very bad day. Maybe he is just thinking wrong or had one too many. maybe he just found out his wife is a prostitute. The devil might have a grip on him. He might be one of those guys that turns himself around after he recovers and starts helping other people.

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

so I can write him while he is in jail and ask him how his limp is doing

Mark Winchester
Mark Winchester

Why would you shoot a guy in the knee if he were trying to stab you?

Rebecca Hampton
Rebecca Hampton

I'm with Steve, if someone is coming at me with a knife and malicious intent. They deserve everything coming to them (and I'm not talking about mace here.)

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

So if I dropped a guy swinging a knife at me by shooting him in the knee there would be a dead guy? Mace is weak. I know personally.

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Then there would be a dead guy... My mace knocks a moron down quick, without death.

Michael Land
Michael Land

Gotta wonder what he thinks about his decisions, this morning.

Jenny Lauren
Jenny Lauren

He has the crazy eyes!! Very sad for the victim!

Jess Nenninger
Jess Nenninger

Prayers for the victim for a miracle recovery and for his family. That breaks me heart. He may never be able to be intimate with his wife again or play with his kids or hold them. That's the price for a disagreement?

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

dude looks like a crazy. This is why we all should carry

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Any bar that still allows smoking is going to draw hard core hoosiers like these two.  

thediversion03
thediversion03

That is so ridiculous Dale. Love the comments you so randomly pull out of your a$$. So what I took from your comment was every smoker is a hoosier and that my friends boyfriend deserved to be stabbed and paralyzed because that's what hoosiers do. Talk about hoosiers, your comment was real classy. Stay classy Dale, stay classy.

kassydevine
kassydevine

Wow that's a broad stroke you're applying to smokers & smoking bars, especially from someone calling himself "dalediversity." It surely could not have been because of the alcohol involved. The Little Bar is one of my neighborhood bars & I can tell you that it's usually filled w/South City retirees, not "hard core hoosiers."

kassydevine
kassydevine

"Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." Mark Twain

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