Why was this a-hole at The Scene assaulting a woman and not in jail?

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I just left downtown, where the news cameras are packed outside of The Scene, and talked to a few folks about what James Wilborn and what happened at nightclub early this morning. Patch’s William Mansell has the details:

At about 2 a.m. this morning, while at The Scene nightclub, James Wilborn was apparently attempting to make advances toward an 18-year-old female patron who refused his overtures and left the club.

According to St. Petersburg Police, Wilborn, 31, continued to follow the woman outside where he took a beer glass that he had taken from inside the club and struck the female in head with it, knocking her to the ground. …

Police officers, who were already on the scene monitoring club activity, quickly moved in and attempted to arrest Wilborn who resisted efforts to take him in to custody, but was eventually handcuffed.

As he was being escorted to a nearby police cruiser, Wilborn broke free from the officer’s grasp and attempted to escape, but was quickly apprehended, police said.

Wilborn was charged with one count of aggravated battery, resisting with violence and attempt escape.

Now, before anyone starts blaming the owners of The Scene, which has had its share of bad news lately, keep in mind that this is the third instance that Wilborn has assaulted a woman who had refused his advances, according to police.

This a-hole has pulled this same crap at State Theatre and at Push Ultra Lounge, so what happened isn’t the fault of the proprietors of The Scene. More background from Mansell:

According to police, on Jan. 19, 2010 Wilborn made advances toward a woman and a friend who were leaving the State Theater and walking in the 400 block of Central Avenue. At one point Wilborn pulled up the woman’s dress and then punched the woman in the face when she told him to leave her alone.

When the friend intervened she was pushed to the ground by Wilborn who was then subsequently subdued by several bystanders who punched and injured as well. Wilborn was taken into custody and charged with several counts of felony battery.

Then on Jan. 1, 2011, Wilborn was again making advances toward a woman at the Push Lounge at 128 3rd Street South who he also followed outside, police said. He followed the woman and her friend to the 300 block of 3rd Avenue South where he came up behind and pulled the woman’s dress up.

The victim slapped the suspect across the face, yelling at him to leave her alone and then turned to walk away.At that moment the victim was then stabbed multiple times in the back by Wilborn who ran away NW through a parking lot.

Video of the suspect fleeing the area was released to the media at that time in an effort to identify Wilborn who was subsequent arrested on Feb. 1, 2001 and charged with aggravated battery with a weapon, according to police.

Wilborn, who has a prior conviction for 2nd degree murder, was out on bond for the Jan. 1 2011 stabbing at the time of the most recent attack.

The question I have, urban liberal that I am, is why wasn’t this a-hole in jail? He’s accosted two women and stabbed someone else.  Someone lock the doors and throw away the key.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.