Police responding to a fight in a convenience store parking lot had their hands full when one of the suspects, hands cuffed behind his back, allegedly battered several officers and dented a patrol car with his head.
The fight began Monday night when Matthew James Geboe, 31, was on a phone outside the store, 1414 W. Sixth, and became agitated with the music Ken Conklin was playing in his car. Conklin, a customer at the store, was leaving when Geboe ran at the car, made obscene gestures and started yelling, said Lawrence police officer David Anderson.
Conklin and Geboe began fighting, and a witness called police. They both refused to stop fighting when asked to quit, and an officer sprayed them with pepper spray. They quit fighting, and were handcuffed. At that point, Anderson said, Geboe began to run, but was soon stopped by police. He kicked an officer in the leg and made lewd remarks to a female officer.
Geboe then began to try to spit on officers and repeatedly rammed his head into the hood of a patrol car, causing $600 in damage, Anderson said.
Geboe appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, sexual battery, felony and misdemeanor criminal damage to property, battery and obstruction of the legal process. His next court date is Nov. 8; he remained in the Douglas County Jail on $1,850 bond.
Conklin was issued a notice to appear in municipal court for battery because he refused to stop fighting, Anderson said.
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