See the update: “Jury Convicts Rene Laso In Smiles Bar Stabbing After Propositioning Woman; He Faces Up to 30 Years.”
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a double-stabbing at Smiles, the night club and bar at Palm Harbor Village Way, at 1:27 this morning. By the time deputies investigated, they had charged Rene Laso, 55, of 2 Zachary Place in Palm Coast, with two felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and booked him at the county jail, where he remained on no bond this afternoon.
The alleged victims were a woman, 48, and her boyfriend, 58.
The woman, an employee of the nearby bowling alley, showed deputies a stab wound on her right arm before she was tended to by paramedics and transported to AdventHealth Palm Coast. She told a sheriff’s deputy that Laso had been harassing her for the past few months at work, and had allegedly offered her $5,000 in exchange of sexual favors, an offer the woman declined.
She then ran into Laso when she was at Smiles with her boyfriend and others. Her boyfriend, she told deputies, confronted Laso outside the establishment. Laso called the woman misogynistic names. A violent confrontation escalated between the two men. The woman tried to get between them to separate them, at which point, she said, Laso took out a knife and said: “I have a knife and will cut you.” By the time she separated herself from the altercation he’d allegedly landed a cut on her arm. She went back inside to call for help. Patrons rushed out and stopped Laso from getting on his motorcycle. Witnesses would later tell deputies that he was still holding the knife and only threw it as deputies began arriving.
The woman’s boyfriend “had sustained multiple stab wounds to his arms, stomach and back.” He told deputies that when he confronted Laso, he was wanting clarification on whether Laso had propositioned his girlfriend, and that Laso allegedly threw the first slap.
Laso had been placed in a patrol car while others were interviewed. When deputies brought him out, Laso asked them to examine his face. There were no noticeable injuries, according to his arrest report. He told deputies that he had been drinking in the bar and speaking with the woman’s boyfriend, who was upset that he’d propositioned the woman for sex. He said he took out his knife after the confrontation escalated outside and “they attacked me.” He said he didn’t try to stab them, but that he was being chased in the parking lot and that his motorcycle had been knocked over. A deputy concluded that the motorcycle was knocked over by patrons trying to prevent him from leaving.
A witness told deputies a somewhat different account. He saw three people walk outside the bar. One of them walked back in. Minutes later, the woman walked back in and said she’d been stabbed, prompting her boyfriend to go outside, along with other patrons, who attempted to calm the situation down. The witness insisted to deputies that the woman’s boyfriend had walked back inside the bar without injuries before going back outside after his girlfriend was stabbed.
The bar’s cameras were not working, deputies reported.
“This case could easily have turned into something much more tragic,” Sheriff Staly said. “Alcohol, arguing and weapons are a recipe for disaster. Thankfully the injuries the victims sustained do not appear life-threatening and we hope they can make a full recovery.”
Lesson 1: Never bring your girlfriend to a Bar
Lesson 2: Never stay at a Bar after 1:00 am
Lesson 3 : Make sure your have a bigger knife because……..
” That’s not a knife—–( pull 23 in kopie blade from your back sheath )—-” Now that’s a knife “!
The article is spot on, however the stories of those involved sounds a little suspect. I don’t think it’s hard to grasp that the boyfriend may have been the aggressor at hearing of the “indecent proposal” involving his girlfriend.
Same though I had about the boyfriend being the aggressor. It only makes sense that if a girlfriend tells her boyfriend that she was asked by another guy for an indecent proposal, that the boyfriend would want to confront the guy who made the proposal.
He wont have a problem Hooking up in GP at some State PEN. wow SMH
Only Me says
How about leaving another’s girlfriend alone and go find someone else. What a loser.
The Geode says
I got a “suspicious vibe” after hearing he offered “$5,000”. Yeah, whatever…
What is the big deal, Harry Goldsborough stabbed a local in Ormond on September 13, 2015, fled to Flagler (living in Mondex) and was pulled over, knife recovered, blood all over him, he was charged, got out of jail on a LITTLE bond ($2,500) and charges were dropped and he got away with a man nearly losing his life to then go and injure another man in Volusia County. Look at this mans wrap sheet and tell me why he wasn’t locked up before he caused so much pain to so many http://inmatesearch.flaglersheriff.com/NewWorld.InmateInquiry/FL0180000/Inmate/Detail/-384924
I heard Harry is now dead…….