CLERMONT, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Friends and family of a well-known bar owner are mourning his loss after he was stabbed outside his bar. Runnell Curry is locked up in Orange County, where he turned himself in hours after the Polk County Sheriff announced he was looking for him.
Stains on the ground, doors locked, and the parking found empty at Long Shots Bar in Clermont, where a deadly stabbing happened early Wednesday morning.
“Not to be confused with stab and slash bar but that's what it was last night,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Runnell Curry is now in custody, charged with murder and attempted murder after Sheriff Grady Judd says Curry grabbed a knife from his car and started fighting with a guy who tried to stop him from rolling a joint in the parking lot. That’s when they say the bar’s owner, Jeff Almiron, came outside to break it up. Instead he was stabbed.
“The bar owner, after being stabbed, went back into the bar, said ‘dial 911’ and collapsed on the floor where he died,” said Sheriff Judd.
“What happened to him it was more like him trying to do a good act to help the people out and he ended up getting hurt unfortunately,” said Jeff Almiron’s tenant Chakira Salgado.
Chakira Salgado works on the other end of the shopping center where Jeff is her landlord. Her surveillance cameras captured the stabbing.
“I saw them roll around on the ground and a chase at first and they tripped, one tripped,” said Salgado.
Curry took off after that and later turned himself in. Curry is an aspiring Youtube rapper, who also goes by the name G-Foxx. He has been charged before for drugs and a hit and run but never something like this.
“It’s crazy how one day you speak to someone and the next day they're not here.”
The sheriff says the other man involved in the fight initially was also stabbed but is expected to be okay.