Cape Coral Police responded to a 911 call at Rack Em’ Billiards located at 1011 Cape Coral Parkway East for what was described as a physical disturbance on Saturday at 10:53 p.m. Upon arrival, Officers found several patrons and bar employees detaining Harold Scott Berkey. The patrons and employees told Officers that Berkey attacked a man at the bar and stabbed him in the neck.
The victim was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Detectives determined that earlier in the evening the victim was on a break from his job at a restaurant next door to the pool hall when he met Kim Lehmann and the two started talking.
Lehmann is the ex-girlfriend of Berkey, who was in the bar as well and observed the victim and Lehmann talking.
At this point, approximately 8:45pm, the victim went back next door to work and Lehmann went to dinner with friends. Berkey sent two text messages to Lehman’s phone at 8:58 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. stating that he was going back to Rack Em’ to “stab people” and that he was “ready to go to prison”.
Lehman did not check her phone and therefore did not know that she received the messages until after the incident later.
After his shift at the restaurant had ended, the victim went back to Rack Em’ Billiards where he again saw Lehmann who had returned as well after her dinner.
The victim and Lehmann were talking with other friends when Berkey approached the group. Berkey then attacked the victim without provocation and struck him several times around the upper torso and neck. The victim stated that he felt pain in his neck and then noticed blood running down his chest. The victim looked down and saw a knife in Berkey’s hand. At that time, Berkey was grabbed by the patrons and employees of the bar. The victim used his shirt to press on his wounds until Police, Fire and EMS arrived at which point he was taken to the hospital.
Berkey was taken into custody by Cape Coral Police and charged with Attempted Murder, in part because of Berkey’s premeditated intent as evidenced by his text messages to Lehmann.
Although the victim was stabbed several times and medical personnel said that his wounds could have been fatal, he is expected to recover.