Victim: Olen Roy Dykes
The accused: Patrick Albert Smith

Olen Roy_Dykes

Olen Roy Dykes

White male

Age at time: 79

Weapon: unarmed


Patrick Albert Smith

White male

Age at time: 45

Weapon: knife


Defendant photo: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Argument turned violent




Case year:

Location details: At a St. Petersburg Walmart parking lot in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, on Oct. 27, 2011

What happened: The victim, Olen Dykes, 79, was walking with his wife into Walmart when he passed Patrick Smith, who was muttering profanities as he was locking up his bike in front of the store. When Dykes told Smith to watch his mouth, Smith stabbed Dykes in the back of his shoulder. Dykes threw a punch at Smith, but missed and fell on his knee on the ground. Dykes did not realize he had been stabbed and proceeded into Walmart with his wife to do his shopping. When he came out, he discovered his shirt was covered with blood. He took his wife home to Madeira Beach, then drove himself to Northside Hospital. Meanwhile, police responding to a call about a brawl outside Walmart found Smith waiting with Walmart security. Smith claimed Dykes swung at him first and he feared for his safety. Accounts by several witnesses confirmed Dykes' account.

The outcome: Smith was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He filed a motion for immunity. On the day of the immunity hearing, the state offered to reduce the charges to simple battery. Smith pleaded guilty to simple battery and was sentenced to 180 days.

Investigating agency: St. Petersburg Police

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

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Yes No Unclear/

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?


Was the victim armed?


Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?


Did the defendant pursue the victim?


Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?


Was the defendant on his or her property?


Did someone witness the attack?


Was there physical evidence?


Source: Pinellas County Clerk of Court case progress docket, Oct. 28, 2011.

Source: St. Petersburg Police Department, Oct. 27, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013