Carl Nunes, 32, was arrested early last Thursday following a bizarre stabbing incident at Elsie’s Bar on De la Guerra Street. According to witnesses, the trouble started when Nunes interjected himself into a heated debate between two Elsie’s regulars about the bar’s current art installation. When Nunes’s expertise was rebuked both verbally and physically, he responded by throwing punches. The fracas escalated quickly, and several other bar patrons attempted to break up the art debate gone bad. At this point, according to authorities, Nunes began stabbing the would-be peacemakers with a small pocketknife, sending two of them to the hospital with minor injuries and a third home with an abdomen laceration. Nunes was eventually apprehended after two escape attempts were thwarted by victims and witnesses alike, who sat on him until police arrived. Authorities believe alcohol played a “definite role” in the crime; however, according to an Elsie’s bartender, Nunes was not served a single drink.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., May 11, 2006
Updated 2:24 p.m., May 25, 2006
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