A former Yello Sub employee bled to death after cutting his leg on broken glass, according to Lawrence police. And officials said they do not suspect foul play in the death of 34-year-old Justin Emmons.
On Thursday, police released the results of the investigation that started about 6 a.m. Monday, when the Lawrence man's body was discovered at Yello Sub, 624 W. 12th St. Emmons was found a few hours after a farewell party to the business ended.
Jeff Klusman, co-owner of Yello Sub, said Sunday's celebration was unauthorized. Employees who attended the event later told Klusman that Emmons attended the party, but left before police responded about 2:30 a.m. to a caller's report that a can of paint had been thrown through a window. Other broken windows and graffiti were noticeable at the business Monday.
At some point after the party, Emmons apparently returned to Yello Sub. According to their investigation, police said, Emmons cut his right leg on glass from a broken window.
A preliminary autopsy report from the Douglas County Coroner's Office said Emmons bled to death from a cut to his femoral artery. Other, smaller cuts were found on his upper extremities. Emmons' urine tested positive for cocaine, alcohol and marijuana, the autopsy report said.
Yello Sub, which officially closed Saturday, could become the location of a new, seven-story hotel and commercial project. If the project moves forward, several buildings would be demolished, including those housing Yello Sub, Beat the Bookstore, The Crossing bar and Big 12 Burritos, where Emmons was general manager.