Four Lawrence residents were injured and six other people were arrested in connection with four stabbing incidents this weekend in the city.
The most serious incident occurred at 10:38 p.m. Saturday, when a 26-year-old Lawrence man was stabbed in the back and side and beaten in the parking lot of the E-Z Shop convenience store at 1900 Haskell.
A 20-year-old Lawrence man was arrested and two 17-year-old local boys were detained on aggravated battery charges stemming from the incident.
Chris Mulvenon, Lawrence police spokesman, said one of the boys stabbed the man, then ran when an off-duty police officer arrived at the scene. The boy was caught about three blocks away in the 1400 block of East 21st Terrace, Mulvenon said.
The victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he spent the rest of the weekend undergoing treatment before being released today.
Twenty-four hours before Saturday's incident, a 38-year-old Lawrence man suffered stab wounds to the chest and forearm outside Perry's Place tavern, 623 Vt. The victim was treated and released from LMH, and a 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested for aggravated battery.
The weekend's third stabbing occurred about three hours after the stabbing incident at 19th and Haskell, when police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the 2700 block of Bonanza.
Police reported that a 29-year-old Lawrence resident who was being beaten by her 23-year-old boyfriend stabbed the man in self-defense. The man was treated and released at LMH, then was booked into the Douglas County Jail about 4 a.m. Saturday on battery charges. Officers said the woman suffered injuries to her jaw.
At 2:17 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to another stabbing at an apartment in the 900 block of Pennsylvania, where a 21-year-old woman was attacked by her estranged husband.
Mulvenon said the man, 24, was visiting the victim when the two became involved in an argument. The man, he said, stabbed the victim with a screwdriver, then ran away.
He was arrested at 6:45 p.m. at LMH, where officers said he went to obtain counseling. The victim was treated and released at LMH.
Prosecutors expect to file charges against the suspects, but had not done so this morning.