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Two arrested after south Lawrence altercation, foot chase

Two 19-year-old males were arrested after a road rage incident which ended in south Lawrence Sunday.

July 5, 2009

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Two 19-year-old men were arrested about midnight Sunday after an altercation ended in a foot chase.

The two men who were arrested, police said, were involved Saturday night in a road-rage incident with another group of people south of Lawrence. According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl, the suspects and the victims stopped at the parking lot outside IHOP, 3102 Iowa.

The suspects, one of whom was carrying a baseball bat, assaulted the victims, police said. One of the victims stole the baseball bat from one of the suspects, at which point the suspect grabbed another bat from his vehicle and returned to the altercation.

When police arrived at 11:43 p.m., the suspect without the baseball bat fled westbound on foot. An officer pursued the suspect and caught him near the 2500 block of West 31st Street.

The suspect who fled, a 19-year-old from Lawrence, was arrested on charges of battery and obstructing legal procedure. He was arrested on charges of simple battery because he did not use a weapon in the assault, Hadl said.

The suspect with the baseball bat, a 19-year-old Rose Hill native, did not flee, but flipped his baseball bat in the direction of the victims instead of relinquishing it peacefully. He was arrested on charges of two counts of aggravated assault, minor in possession of alcohol, and possession of an open container. The Rose Hill man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered during the incident.

Neither victim was transported to the hospital.

Comments

Chris Ogle 5 years, 5 months ago

What a bunch of nuts.... They can't even enjoy going out to eat, without getting into a brawl.

Mark Currie 5 years, 5 months ago

So are we supposed to go inside and lock our doors nowadays in Lawrence? I remember 20 or 30 years ago, one could drive through Lawrence late at night in the summer, and it was just a quiet town. Now you aren't safe driving up Iowa after 10:00?? What is this anyway?

EarthaKitt 5 years, 5 months ago

I thought Denny's served the grand slam breakfast.

(Can't we all just eat smiley face pancakes and get along?)

Bamastreet 5 years, 5 months ago

Overreact much? Ah the good ol' days, heck 60 years ago Black people couldn't get into restaurants downtown. Pu-leese, if you think people weren't getting into fights 20 years ago with bats then I'll share some stories with you. Drive down Iowa all you want at 10 p.m., I do all the time. In fact, I walk from downtown all the time late at night. Smile and wave to the people in the car next to you, they'll wave back. Or lock yourself in your house. Your choice. The outcome will be the same. But whatever you do, don't ever eat at IHOP - yuk.

eugunieum (Anonymous) says…

So are we supposed to go inside and lock our doors nowadays in Lawrence? I remember 20 or 30 years ago, one could drive through Lawrence late at night in the summer, and it was just a quiet town. Now you aren't safe driving up Iowa after 10:00?? What is this anyway?

skinny 5 years, 5 months ago

The article is confusing, this suspect, that suspect, and the suspect without the bat.

How about printing the names of those arrested like every other newspaper in the state of Kansas does.

You printed Officer Ryan Saylers name.

rocky_k1k 5 years, 5 months ago

This article was poorly wrote. There was no road rage prior to the incident. The victim didn't steal the bat either, he managed to take it from the moron attacking him. One of the victims is a member of the 2/ 137th Kansas national guard infantry unit in Lawrence. This article was mis informed.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 5 months ago

indeed, Skinny FTW!


Rocky-k1k: This article was poorly wrote. There was no road rage prior to the incident. The victim didn't steal the bat either, he managed to take it from the moron attacking him. One of the victims is a member of the 2/ 137th Kansas national guard infantry unit in Lawrence. This article was mis informed.

---this comment was poorly wrote, and this comment was miss informed. lol

sarahsmilehawk 5 years, 5 months ago

"This article was poorly wrote."

Well doesn't that just say it all? The Journal-World can only print the information they can get, and that comes almost exclusively from the police report. Isn't this the second incident this week involving a baseball bat? I believe both stories had some anonymous witness trying to explain the situation and discredit the victims. Weird.

ayoungjhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

the names wont be released, probably at the request of the father of one of the two arrested, who is an officer of the douglas county sheriff's dept.

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