Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Missouri man arrested after machete attack in downtown Lawrence

October 27, 2005


Lawrence police have arrested an Independence, Mo., man accused of attacking a transient with a machete as the victim was sleeping late Wednesday night in downtown Lawrence.

Police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward said the transient was sleeping under a blanket near 10th and Massachusetts streets about 11 p.m. Wednesday, when the 40-year-old suspect approached him and began hitting him with a machete.

Ward said the 42-year-old victim's blanket and multiple layers of clothing prevented him from suffering any injuries.

Witnesses saw the suspect get into a vehicle and leave the scene. Police officers stopped a car nearby and arrested the suspect on aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charges. Police recovered a machete believed to be used in the attack.

Ward said the suspect and the victim knew each other but would not elaborate on their relationship.

"The victim said that the two of them have had problems in the past," Ward said.


bluedog 12 years, 7 months ago

The_Original_Bob -- hehe...I was thinking the same thing.

BJ 12 years, 7 months ago

What are we paying money to the shelters for if they decide to sleep on the street anyway?

glockenspiel 12 years, 7 months ago

A homeless guy gets wacked with a machete and everyone thinks its funny or complains about the homeless guy sleeping on the streets?

Have at least a little pity...

captain_poindexter 12 years, 7 months ago

I didn't think the missouri game was until saturday. the incident is incredible. should be charged with attempted murder. a machete!? jesus.

quantrill's ghost.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years, 7 months ago

I don't think he was trying to give him a haircut or make a salad out of his blanket. Yes, that would be attempted murder.

And, there should also be an additional charge of 2nd degree incompetence. He snuck up on a sleeping man with a machete, whacked away with all he had, but never even cut the guy. A guy who tries to kill a man in his sleep is a loser. A man who fails to kill a man who is sleeping (even though he's armed with a jungle-clearing blade), is far worse than what we normally think of when we think "LOSER". That guy is a danger to society on many levels.

Sigmund 12 years, 7 months ago

I see that guy or guys like him virtually every Friday and Saturday in Beautiful Downtown Lawrence. If the City doesn't come up with a better solution than "homeless licenses" I expect the problem will get worse.

BTW, does the City provide homeless shelters? I thought all the shelters were run by charitable organizations like the Salvation Army and various denominations of christian churches.

Confrontation 12 years, 7 months ago

Maybe the sleeping man was wearing a Muck Fizzou shirt, and the other guy just got ticked off.

born1980 12 years, 7 months ago

Mom was right, always wear lots of layers.

Carmenilla 12 years, 7 months ago

"vigilante justice"?

Holy imbeciles, Batman!

Bubarubu 12 years, 7 months ago

Hey good idea, let's kill people for being poor, that will solve all of our problems!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

The "victim" in this is extremely well-known to lpd and has a long history. not just alcohol...

KUJEEPer is right, our downtown suffers because the bums and bumettes are all over! they make downtown much less safe.

tenth and mass, hmmm, you suppose Louie [the vic] was just trying to get a game of chess?

does somebody need to offer the guy from MO sharpening services/knife-weilding lessons?

captain_poindexter 12 years, 7 months ago

yeah, he definitely had a muck fizzou t-shirt on....

oh wait, if we was really from missouri, he wouldn't be able to read, so that's not it.

born1980 12 years, 7 months ago

Since the city commission likes to pretend it is so progressive, they should devise a rotating calender so the various bums can shack at their houses.

tropregular 12 years, 7 months ago

New tradition for the MU/KU game this weekend .. bum bashing....Next year we send some Kansas bums and hope they don't make it back...

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

criminal, bad choices, lazy...check all of the above. he has a nice family (I know them in my neighborhood).

not deserving of death penalty etc., but I bet there's a lot more to this story...

cutny 12 years, 7 months ago

born 1980....that's a genius idea, surely coming from a genius himself. Are you sure you weren't born yesterday?

kujeeper 12 years, 7 months ago

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Crispian Paul 12 years, 7 months ago

I agree it is crazy to refer to this attack as "vigilante justice"...since when was being homeless illegal and something which requires "justice". If there is to be any justice in this world, perhaps we should review the reasons people are or become homeless. Sure there are those who "choose" to be homeless, but we know this is the exception, not the rule. And no, the city does NOT provide homeless shelters. The only shelter in Lawrence currently is the Salvation Army Shelter and there are problems within this shelter. For example, they are able to turn anyone away whom has been using alcohol or drugs. Sure, this is good, you might think. Realistically, though, that precludes a lot of homeless individuals from using the Shelter. The Shelter is not open trhoughout the year, to my knowledge. They have limited space, so on and so on. This is why there is a push within the city's social service workers and others to provide an "open" shelter for year round assistance, despite drug or alcohol use.

Crispian Paul 12 years, 7 months ago

And, Oh, yea, the Lawrence homeless sure are a danger.....Right. Personally, I am more scared of date raping college boys in this town than the homeless people here.

Crispian Paul 12 years, 7 months ago

Personally, I am more scared of the acquaintance sexual assaults that are frequent events in this town than any of our homeless individuals.

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

You can say that again, Crispian.

Oh, wait. You did.

rousseau108 12 years, 7 months ago

how is that so many people turned this into "vigilante justice" against the "victim" just b/c he is homeless. didn't any of you catch the part in the story where it said the suspect and victim knew each other. like someone else already said, the "victim" has a long record in this town, and rarely as the victim. as for making it an attempted murder charge, there's probably some details that preclude that that weren't released, such as maybe the machete was duller than a butter knife and the suspect didn't ever strike near the head, or statements made by the suspect, etc. all the pseudo-lawyers should bite their tongues until all the details come out before second-guessing the police and da's office about what the charges should be. besides, without incidents like these, downtown lawrence wouldn't be as quaint or have as much character.

METALQ2 12 years, 7 months ago

rousseau108, what???????????????????????????????

captain_poindexter 12 years, 7 months ago

I hope KU takes a machete to missouri this weekend. I hate mu.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

Crispian: An "open" shelter, one that does not restrict because of the individual being drunk or on drugs would be nearly impossible to manage. If people have intentionally rendered themselves unable to make rational decisions, can you imagine all of the conflict that would occur in a shelter? Who will be responsible for the problems and/or damages that are bound to happen? If workers have intentionally allowed them in -- wouldn't the staff be the ones responsible? I am not being argumentative, just wondering how you would suggest such a shelter be maintained.

Devon Kissinger 12 years, 7 months ago

There is something to be said about the right to self defense there.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

The "victim" in this has a very good family in our community, and is a walking example of what is wrong with homeless services here. through the homeless services, he is fed, and sheltered when he wants it, and thus provided for in his irresponsible life choices, instead of making all that support contingent on his moving towards quitting homelessness!

this is the human cost of the homeless services here.

also, more homeless means more public lewdness; more property crimes; more arson; more violent crime; more drunk; more frug etc.

and, how many homeless are wanted in other jurisdictions? here avoiding a rap?

our downtown is under attack and we're paying for it.

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