Armed citizen holds stabbing suspect at gunpoint until police arrive
By Jennifer Cruz
Bobby Martin Watson, 49, is facing multiple charges after he tried to steal a woman’s purse then stabbed three people. (Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
Authorities credit the actions of two good Samaritans, including one who was legally armed with a gun, in helping to apprehend a suspect who stabbed three people during an attack in the parking lot of a Seminole, Florida, grocery store last week.
No shots were fired during the August 6 altercation, and the injuries sustained by all three stabbing victims were not life-threatening, according to a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say the incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. as the first victim, Rosanna Lynn, 44, sat in her vehicle in a Publix parking lot. Lynn said the suspect, Bobby Martin Watson, 49, who was armed with a knife, approached her vehicle, opened the driver’s side door and reached across her body to grab her purse from the passenger’s seat. Lynn fought back but was subsequently stabbed in the abdomen and thigh.
Christopher McMann, 44, was in the parking lot and went to Lynn’s aid after witnessing the attack. As McMann tried to help, Watson stabbed him in the upper back then fled on foot toward