Archive for Monday, August 9, 2010

Lawrence to honor teens who intervened in attack

Pair interrupted brutal assault, aided in arrest of suspect

Two recent high school graduates who helped save a woman earlier this summer are being recognized by the city for their efforts. The two men helped save a woman who was being beaten along an area bike path.

August 9, 2010


Recent high school graduates honored after saving woman from attack

The two teens were recognized at today's city commission meeting. Enlarge video

Two teens honored by city after stopping attack

Nathaniel Mehl and Aidan Waugh stopped an attack on a bike path earlier this summer. They were honored today at the city commission meeting, and an area businessman gave them $1,000 to go toward school expenses. Enlarge video

Two recent Lawrence High School graduates who came to the aid of a woman attacked on a Lawrence bike path in June have said they don’t consider themselves heroes.

But this week the city and Lawrence Police Department will present Nathaniel Mehl and Aidan Waugh with the department’s commendation awards for their actions that day.

“It recognizes their high commitment to the community by putting themselves in danger and coming to the aid of this young lady,” Capt. Tarik Khatib said.

They will receive the awards, including certificates, at the beginning of the city commission’s 6:35 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.

The two friends were running June 16 on the paved path between the Youth Sports Complex and Clinton Lake Dam in southwest Lawrence. They discovered a man brutally attacking and stabbing a 23-year-old woman.

Police say the suspect was 30-year-old William Nichols, who was armed with a knife and pulled the woman off her bike. He faces a September trial on charges of aggravated kidnapping, attempted rape and aggravated battery.

The woman testified in a June preliminary hearing in the case. She said she is originally from Hungary and was in Lawrence visiting her host family.

When they saw what was happening, Mehl and Waugh charged the suspect. Mehl chased after him, and Waugh tended to the victim. Eventually another bicyclist arrived and helped call authorities, who were able to eventually arrest Nichols as the suspect near the scene of the attack.

Police say Mehl and Waugh’s actions were key in both stopping the attack and providing information that led to an arrest.

“The community should really thank these individuals for intervening and really stopping something that could have happened that could have been much worse,” Khatib said.

He said the department last gave a commendation award in 2008. That recognition went to Andrew Wiebe, who came to the aid of two officers who were struggling with a person in the 1300 block of Ohio Street.

“(The award) helps the community recognize they are part of the police department,” Khatib said. “The police department recognizes we are part of the community, and we are really working together.”


sassykansan 7 years, 9 months ago

What a well deserved honor! They deserve all of the recognition. It's nice to know there are still some good samaritans out there.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 9 months ago

Way to go guys! You very possibly saved that young woman's life.You are heroes!

PatKirk 7 years, 9 months ago

Not to mention that if the attacker had gotten away with it, that young lady may not have been the last to be attacked. It's too bad someone has to have the welcome to America that she did.

Mike Hatch 7 years, 9 months ago

Good to see they're getting the recognition they deserve!

Rich Noever 7 years, 9 months ago

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overthemoon 7 years, 9 months ago

There is no mention of the woman's progress in her recovery. I hope she's doing well.

puddleglum 7 years, 9 months ago

everytime I see that photo, I immediately think that it is some kind of ad for a emo-band's latest release.

good job guys! Like i said months ago-you two deserve a medal.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 9 months ago

Well done guys! I wish there were more like you.

beatrice 7 years, 9 months ago

Bravo! Shirts or no shirts, these guys are studs!

studentassistant1 7 years, 9 months ago

Opening up the LJWorld with that photo was a bit awkward at work today.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

An odd photo, but it tells the story of how a kid feels after having seen something that you'd give anything to forget.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 9 months ago

Where are Snap, and Autie, the photo denialists? (Or was that TOB)

never mind. These guys deserve some recognition.

The young lady too, and more importantly. I heard she was very very new to the US, and did not have a wide Lawrence based support system. I hope she is OK, and that the University and others have stepped into the breach and provided her some significant attention and assistance. Perhaps the LJW ought to be checking this out.....not that I think an article would necessarily be of assistance in this regard. But I want HER taken care of.

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 9 months ago

These guys rock. I declare them honorary werewolves, if they're not already part of a pack.

Denny2009 7 years, 9 months ago

Nice job guys. We need more people like you.

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