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Woman Stabbed 15 Times In Domestic Violence Attack Straight Out Of 'Horror Movie'

Russell Lindemeyer was shot dead by deputies after he repeatedly stabbed an unidentified victim, who survived the assault, after holding her hostage all day.

By Gina Tron
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A Florida man is accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman, creating a scene so horrific it resembled a “horror movie” before deputies shot him dead.

Someone called 911 to report a domestic violence hostage situation within a Hudson home on Saturday afternoon and when Pasco County Sheriff deputies arrived, they “saw the white, adult male suspect inside a bedroom holding a white, adult female, who was in a close, personal relationship with him, at knife point,” a sheriff’s office press release states. 

By this point, the unidentified woman had already been stabbed repeatedly, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a press conference Saturday.

“The female was stabbed more than 15 times prior to deputies entering the home, and a knife was being held at her throat,” the press release states.

Deputies gave the suspect, who was identified as 49-year-old Russell Lindemeyer, multiple commands to drop the knife but he did not, according to the sheriff’s department. Instead, they said he began screaming and making motions with the knife towards the woman. Deputies opened fire, fatally wounding Lindemeyer, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

Russell Lindemeyer

Investigators believe the victim will survive, but emphasized that she experienced a horrific ordeal.

"She was absolutely covered in blood, like a horror movie,” Nocco said at the presser.

The victim said she had been held against her will for most of Saturday before the stabbing, according to authorities. Nocco explained during Saturday’s news conference that she was attacked by someone she thought “loved her."

Nocco also pointed out at that there had been witnesses to the attack but nobody intervened. 

“Nobody’s willing to step up to put their lives to protect hers,” Nocco said. “Sometimes you gotta put yourself in harm’s way to save somebody else. I don’t know how you live with yourself if you don’t.” 

The location has been described as a structure where transients live.

Lindemeyer had a previous domestic battery arrest, authorities said.

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