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Three stabbed in bizarre attack at Castle Lounge

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REDDING, Calif. - A Redding man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed three people at the Castle Lounge late Wednesday night.

Police were dispatched to the Castle Lounge on Hartnell Avenue at approximately 11:14 p.m. in regards to a stabbing in-progress.

When officers arrived, several people were physically detaining a man, who was later identified as Nicholas Morgan Vanvleet, 23.

Police said Vanvleet stabbed three people, starting with Bryan Rhodes, 45, in the parking lot of the lounge. Vanvleet allegedly approached Rhodes and started making comments about believing he was the devil. Police said he stabbed Rhodes several times in the upper arm and chest before Rhodes ran inside the Castle Lounge and asked for help.

An employee and another patron approached Vanvleet and attempted to disarm him. During the struggle, Vanvleet allegedly stabbed one of them in the wrist and head and the other in the hand.

When police arrived, they arrested Vanvleet and tried to put him in a patrol car. Vanvleet broke free and was seen being tackled by several officers, screaming out for help and that he was an angel.

Vanvleet was taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center and booked into the Shasta County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said the three people who were stabbed suffered non life-threatening injuries and refused medical attention.

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