A 22-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday after he brandished a gun and used it to strike another man in what police believe was an attempt to collect on a debt, Lawrence Police Sgt. Damon Thomas said.
The incident occurred after 5 p.m. outside the Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third St.
The suspect approached a 36-year-old Lawrence man in the parking lot and hit him with the gun, Thomas said. The suspect then noticed that motel occupants could see him from the motel windows and fled north on foot, discarding his weapon on the ground, Thomas said. Police arrested the suspect near the motel, Thomas said.