Purse snatcher stabs woman, good Samaritans, outside Seminole Publix

Deputies say Bobby Watson was arrested after he stabbed a robbery victim and two Good Samaritans who tried to help her. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An alleged purse snatcher is behind bars after he stabbed a robbery victim and two Good Samaritans who tried to help her, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

Deputies say Bobby Watson was arrested after he stabbed a robbery victim and two Good Samaritans who tried to help her. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

Rosanna Lynd, 44, was sitting in a parked car outside the Publix at 7880 113th Street in Seminole when Bobby Martin Watson, 48, of St. Petersburg walked up to her vehicle, opened the door and grabbed her purse.

When the victim tried to pry her purse out of Watson’s hands, he stabbed her once in the abdomen and once in the left thigh, deputies said.

Christopher McMann, 44, noticed what was happening and when he decided to come to Lynd’s aid, he was stabbed in the back, according to the sheriff’s office.

Watson took off toward Seminole City Shopping Center with the Good Samaritan hot on his trail.  He was joined by another Good Samaritans, 31-year-old Travis Jones and Donald Rush, who grabbed a gun from his vehicle before he started following the suspect.

The three men, hot on his trail, quickly caught up with Watson and tackled him in the parking lot outside the shopping center. During the struggle, Watson stabbed Jones in the abdomen, deputies said.

Travis Jones shows News Channel 8 his stab wound.

According to investigators, Rush was able to disarm Watson and held him at gun point until deputies arrived at the scene.

All three stabbing victims were transported to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

When News Channel 8 spoke with Jones, he told us the doctor said the knife’s five-inch blade landed just millimeters from his heart.

He said he hadn’t realized Watson stabbed him until deputies told him he was bleeding.

Jones said he was the only person who got the suspect down on the ground and that it was actually Jones who disarmed Watson by knocking the knife out of his hands.

Following the incident, Watson was medically cleared and later booked into the Pinellas County Jail, deputies said.

He was charged with three counts of aggravated Battery with a deadly weapon/great bodily harm and armed robbery.

No further details are available at this time.

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