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Archive for Wednesday, September 10, 1997

JUVENILES CHARGED IN FIGHT

September 10, 1997

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Court records indicate gangs were involved in a weekend stabbing, but the fight apparently stemmed from a personal dispute between two Lawrence teen-agers.

A 17-year-old Lawrence youth told police he threw a knife used in a multiple stabbing early Sunday into the Kansas River, went home and "prayed that he didn't kill anybody," according to court records.

William Alan Rector, known as Alan, was charged Tuesday afternoon in a juvenile complaint with three counts of attempted second-degree murder and remains in custody. Three other juveniles, including two girls, were charged with aiding and abetting aggravated battery on Tuesday.

They join five others who face adult charges in the melee, and another juvenile who was arrested Tuesday.

In interviews made public through court records on Tuesday, the suspects and others who were involved in the fight -- in which a tire iron, knives and a claw hammer were used -- paint a picture about a long-standing personal feud that boiled over.

And although police and witnesses say some of the members of two Lawrence gangs were at the fight, the actual feud leading to the fight might not stem from gang loyalties.

Police on Tuesday declined to talk about the specific gangs involved in the incident, but according to court records members of the HOYAs and SPL gangs early Sunday were at a house in the 200 block of Glenview Drive when the fight occurred.

Police have not divulged gang affiliations of individuals in the fight, but Police Chief Ron Olin stressed non-gang members were involved on both sides of the fracas.

The altercation took place at the Glenview Drive home of a 16-year-old male, who was throwing a going-away party for two 16-year-old friends.

Anna Rachel Kimbrell, 16, allegedly called the teen-ager who lives at the house to "make peace"; the two apparently had a falling out because Kimbrell was "hanging with the HOYAs," the 16-year-old male told police, according to court records.

The HOYAs have tried to attack the 16-year-old male three times in the last month, he told police.

More than a dozen people may have gone with Kimbrell and Sarah Helen Gottlieb, 16, to the house on Glenview Drive. The two girls entered the house by the garage door, and Gottlieb warned the intended victim that "there were people outside; don't go outside," according to court records.

The 16-year-old looked outside and attempted to dial 911, but Gottlieb grabbed the phone and hung up. Shouts and screams could be heard outside, as people in the house spilled onto the lawn and the fight started. One suspect later told police one punch set the fight into action.

The 16-year-old male told police he then ran upstairs to grab a baseball bat. The fight continued. Rector later told police, according to court reports, that he was "out of control, going around just stabbing people."

Other witnesses named Rector as a suspect, and he told police he threw a 4-inch lock-blade knife in the river, according to court records.

Police later confiscated a 4-inch knife from Richard Francis Jarrett Jr., 23, who had been stabbed in the shoulder during the fight. He told police someone stabbed him, and that he found the knife at the scene of the fight.

Witnesses reported the people who arrived at the party yelled "HOYAs" before leaving in their cars.

When police and paramedics arrived about 1 a.m., they found two of the victims in the front yard and driveway; another had crawled into the garage. The resident of the house, who had fought with Rector in the past, was not injured.

Jason Robert Freeman and Skyland John Love, both 18, were arrested just after 4 a.m. Sunday at the Airport Motel, northeast of Lawrence for their alleged involvement. Douglas County Sheriff's deputies had been called to the motel, on U.S. Highway 24-40 near the Lawrence Municipal Airport, to respond to a reported noise disturbance.

Kimbrell and Gottlieb -- who also were at the motel -- were detained; three other female juveniles with the group were later released.

Other suspects, including Jarrett, were arrested throughout Sunday at their homes around Lawrence.

On Monday, Freeman and Love, were charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder, and Jarrett was charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery in the incident.

James Donald Vick, 18, was charged on Tuesday with aggravated battery and was being held on $50,000 bond Tuesday night.

Michael Scott Blanck, 18, 1311 Monterey Way, was arrested Tuesday morning for aggravated battery and aiding and abetting aggravated battery in the fight. He faces a 3 p.m. first appearance today in Douglas County District Court.

Each of the men, charged as adults remained in jail Tuesday.

As for the stabbing victims:

  • A 16-year-old male who was stabbed five times -- including once through his kidney and once in his spine, according to court records -- was listed in good condition at a Kansas City-area hospital on Monday, but a nursing supervisor said hospital records didn't list him as a patient on Tuesday.
  • A 17-year-old male who was stabbed in the back three to five times, suffering a punctured kidney, was released Tuesday from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
  • A 16-year-old male who was stabbed 11 times in the back was released Monday from LMH.

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