Fisherman arrested for stabbing incident at Siesta Bridge

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SARASOTA, Fla. -A man described as a regular at a Sarasota fishing spot was arrested Saturday night after police say he stabbed another man with an ice pick.

On Saturday at about 9pm, Sarasota Police officers arrived at the 1400 block of Siesta Drive to discover the victim lying at the base of the bridge master’s building in the middle of the Siesta Bridge.

The victim told officers he had an argument with the suspect about where he had parked his vehicle while he was fishing. The argument turned into a fight with both the suspect and the victim hitting each other. The suspect grabbed an ‘ice pick’ type weapon and stabbed the victim twice.

The victim was able to get the bridge tender's attention before collapsing from his injures.  He was flown to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

The suspect, 58-year-old David Christner of Sarasota, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.