Deputies: Knife-wielding Virginia man attacks CVS employees; 3 stabbed before suspect subdued

INVERNESS, Fla. - A Virginia man who jumped a counter and allegedly attacked a pharmacy employee at an Inverness CVS stabbed the employee and two others before they were able to subdue him.

According to Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Jacob C. Kleintank, 31, of Alexandria, Va., had entered the CVS at 602 W. Main St. numerous times throughout the night in an attempt to obtain drugs from the pharmacy, before returning and attacking the employees early Sunday morning.

The pharmacy employee was stabbed multiple times as he put up his hands to protect his chest. The other employees in the store at the time ran to help the employee and were stabbed during the struggle. All three victims survived the attack.

Kleintank's girlfriend told Deputy Marvin Mullins that he had been acting erratic Saturday into Sunday, before he left in a car they had rented at Tampa International Airport when they flew in from Virginia to visit his parents in Inverness.

She told the deputy she was not aware of substance abuse issues he may have, he hadn't mentioned the CVS and she didn't realize he was gone until he didn't return to their bedroom after telling her that he was just going to the bathroom.

She tried to contact Kleintank when she realized he had left the home in their rental vehicle, but he would not answer his phone.

The first employee who was attacked later told the deputy that Kleintank had been in the store around 5 p.m Saturday, but left and returned around 9:30 p.m.

During the second visit, the employee said Kleintank gave him an out-of-state prescription. The employee told him that he couldn't fill an out-of-state prescription and Kleintank left the store.

Around 12:55 a.m. Sunday, the employee said Kleintank approached the pharmacy again, jumped the counter with a knife and demanded, "Give me the drugs."

The employee said Kleintank began lunging at him with the knife, stabbing his hands as he brought them up to protect his chest.

A second employee told the deputy he had seen Kleintank before the attack and told him several times that he couldn't be in the store without shoes. When he continued walking to the pharmacy, the employee went to the store office to call law enforcement.

The employee said he heard a yell for help and saw someone on top of the pharmacy employee in the surveillance monitors, before running to help.

The third employee told the deputy that he also saw Kleintank on top of the first employee, stabbing at his hands, as he ran to help.

The other employees grabbed Kleintank and told the deputy they were stabbed as he began flailing his arms during the struggle.

In the affidavit, Mullins said he entered the front of the store as he responded to the report of a stabbing and saw no one in the store. Mullins yelled and heard someone yell back, "I'm back here."

He ran to the pharmacy area and saw Kleintank with the three stabbing victims holding him down on the ground.

The deputy said Kleintank still had a silver-colored two-inch knife with a camouflaged handle in his right hand.

The deputy said he pried his fingers off the knife and put him into handcuffs. When the deputy looked up, he saw all three victims had been stabbed.

The first employee Kleintank allegedly attacked was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital.

The second employee had been stabbed in the lower left abdomen and was airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center.

The third victim had been stabbed under an armpit, but was treated at the scene and released.

Deputies located Kleintank's rental car, backed into a parking space and still running.

Kleintank has been arrested on three counts of intentional aggravated battery and one count of robbery with a weapon.

Mullins requested Kleintank be held without bond because of the alleged crime and the fact that he is visiting from outside the state.

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