ST. LOUIS • An assault charge was filed Friday in connection with a bar fight and stabbing that left the victim on a ventilator and paralyzed from the neck down, police say.
Andrew Lynn Barnett, 33, of the 5900 block of Livingston Drive, is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He is jailed on a $1 million, cash-only bail.
Police say Barnett stabbed Kristopher Schmeiderer, 32, at 12:05 a.m. Thursday outside the Little Bar, at 6343 Alabama Avenue. The bar is about a block from Interstate 55, near Holly Hills Avenue.
Schmeiderer and Barnett knew each other and had been inside the bar arguing late Wednesday night. They were asked to leave the bar. Barnett was told to leave out a back door, and he did. Schmeiderer was told to leave out the front door several minutes later.
He did, but Barnett was apparently waiting outside when Schmeiderer came outside. A witness told police that Barnett had several knives.
Schmeiderer was stabbed in the neck and abdomen. Police initially said his death was imminent, and homicide detectives were handling the investigation.
In court records Friday, a St. Louis detective said Schmeiderer was rushed into surgery Thursday morning and doctors tried to repair damage to his pancreas, diaphragm and neck. Schmeiderer was on a ventilator and unable to feel anything from the neck down, police say. “His prognosis is unknown,” the detective wrote.
After the attack, Barnett fled in a car, police say. St. Louis County police arrested Barnett just before 2 a.m. Thursday on Grantwood Lane in south St. Louis County.
Schmeiderer’s mother, Kathy Schmeiderer, said her son is the father of three young children: two girls, 9 years old and 18 months; and a 7-year-old boy. She said the family is trying to make sense of what happened to her son.
“What happened to good old-fashioned walking away from a fight?” she asked, incredulous that someone would wait for her son to leave a bar and stab him repeatedly.
She said he is listed in critical condition.