Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2010

Man accused of violent sexual assault on bike path may have been involved in two earlier attacks

Teens stop brutal afternoon assault on bike path

From left, Runners Nathaniel Mehl, 19, and Aiden Waugh, 18, recount the disturbing scene they encountered during a jog shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. They came upon a man stabbing a woman on the paved path between the YSI fields and the Clinton Lake dam. The young men explained that they were able to charge the man and run him off before calling the police. Police later were able to apprehend the alleged assailant in the woods. The Lawrence Journal-World caught up with the young men while on their daily run on the trail Thursday.

From left, Runners Nathaniel Mehl, 19, and Aiden Waugh, 18, recount the disturbing scene they encountered during a jog shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. They came upon a man stabbing a woman on the paved path between the YSI fields and the Clinton Lake dam. The young men explained that they were able to charge the man and run him off before calling the police. Police later were able to apprehend the alleged assailant in the woods. The Lawrence Journal-World caught up with the young men while on their daily run on the trail Thursday.

June 17, 2010, 1:49 p.m. Updated June 17, 2010, 8:05 p.m.


Lawrence police officers and Douglas County sheriff deputies detain a suspect in a stabbing incident along the bike path near Clinton Lake. William E. Nichols was arrested after a 15-minute manhunt in the area between the YSI softball fields and the Clinton Lake Dam Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

Lawrence police officers and Douglas County sheriff deputies detain a suspect in a stabbing incident along the bike path near Clinton Lake. William E. Nichols was arrested after a 15-minute manhunt in the area between the YSI softball fields and the Clinton Lake Dam Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

Stabbing suspect possibly linked to other crimes

The man arrested Wednesday for attacking a woman on her bike is believed to be linked to several other crimes. Had it not been for two recent high school graduates, the incident Wednesday afternoon could have been worse, according to police. Enlarge video

What started as a routine jog down the South Lawrence Trafficway bike path Wednesday afternoon ended with two Lawrence teenagers possibly saving a woman’s life.

“I would never imagine something like this would happen here,” 19-year-old Nathaniel Mehl said. “It was pretty emotionally scarring to see what he was doing to her.”

Mehl and a friend, 18-year-old Aidan Waugh, were running on the paved path between the YSI fields and the Clinton Lake Dam when they came across a man brutally attacking and stabbing a 23-year-old woman.

“I was so unprepared to see what we saw in broad daylight,” Waugh said. “You could see this guy’s arms flailing. She was bleeding everywhere and screaming for help.”

Police said the 30-year-old man, who was armed with a knife, grabbed the woman off her bike around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, attempted to rape her and stabbed her during the course of the attack.

Mehl and Waugh described the knife as a switchblade and said it appeared the woman’s face had been severely beaten. The teens said she had cuts all over her body and on her hands from attempting to grab the knife while trying to fight back.

She was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with what police described to be “serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.”

The two good Samaritans said despite the fact that the man was armed with a knife, they immediately sprang into action. Both men charged the suspect, who ran from the scene, but returned, kicking the victim in the head, before fleeing up the hill toward the treeline.

Waugh said he tended to the victim while his friend chased after the suspect.

“I was just so angry,” Mehl said. “I’ve never seen something like that in my entire life. I was just so angry at the guy that I chased him, but I lost sight of him.”

The two called police using a cell phone that the victim had.

Police caught the suspect after a brief manhunt in the area. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, attempted rape, sexual battery and criminal use of a weapon.

Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Bill Cory said the two teens who interupted the attack went above and beyond the call of duty.

“It was great for her that these two gentlemen were there at that time and were able to intercede on her behalf,” Cory said. “Had they not been there, it might have been a very different outcome.”

Cory said it appears the suspect picked his victim at random.

“(He) traveled to the secluded area of the bike path with the intent to target a female victim,” Cory said. “The victim was not known to the suspect and was apparently chosen at random at the location.”

The course of the investigation revealed that the suspect also may have been involved in a similar incident just one day earlier.

Police said a man followed a 21-year-old woman who was walking in the 1600 block of University Drive around 3:35 p.m. Tuesday. When the man caught up to the woman, police said, he groped her breast and then fled the area.

The victim came forward and reported the incident after seeing media coverage of the attack on the bike path.

Police also believe the man was involved in an incident on April 15. A 22-year-old Lawrence woman reported that she was walking near Ninth and Mississippi streets around 9:40 p.m. when a man approached her and touched her inappropriately.

Cory said all three incidents are still under investigation.

The suspect has not yet been formally charged. According to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, he will make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

As for Waugh and Mehl, they don’t consider themselves heroes. They said instincts just took over.

“I’d really like to think that anyone in that same situation would do the same thing,” Waugh said.


SK8QN 8 years ago

I'm thinkin the shorter boy in the pic is gonna to need some kind of help to get over what he saw. You can tell in the picture he will never be the same again.

junkhand 8 years ago

so, is firing squad an option?

Danielle Brunin 8 years ago

I was thinking a public stoning, but firing squad would work too.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

they probably didn't know what his intent was at the time? Could have been trying to rob her, steal her bike, or just was pissed and wanted to stab someone.

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

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Byrne 8 years ago

It looks like the booking report was posted in overnight, right?

So if the charges just became public then, it is understandable that it wasn't in yesterday's story until the last update, which the timestamp says was a little after 8 a.m.

Looking at your comments yesterday afternoon, you said you spend time in that area, so I'm guessing this has hit home a bit, and it's understandable that you're freaked out and want to know more. Looking at the timeline, though, it doesn't look like you're being entirely reasonable.

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

We had no idea it could be a rape. Initially, the call was for a stabbing. We first learned police believed that sexual assault was the motive when the suspect showed up on the Douglas County jail log about 3 this morning.

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

Maybe it became an attempted rape when the he was linked to the other crimes. Not sure if they can prove rape but we might be missing something) but the "sexual battery" should tack on some time.

Lacy Mohler 8 years ago

"A 22-year-old Lawrence woman reported that she was walking near Ninth and Mississippi streets around 9:40 p.m. when a man approached her and touched her inappropriately."

From Topeka C-J: " A 22-year-old Lawrence resident was walking in the area of 9th and Mississippi Street when a white man in his 20s approached her and pinched her on the buttocks. The man fled the area after the incident."

Maybe he is Italian.

Serious incident. Glad they arrested someone and hope the young woman is OK.

texburgh 8 years ago

"Maybe he is Italian."

He could be a Swede too, Anderson.

It would be better to leave your stereotypes out.

anitliars 8 years ago

Nail "it" to a tree. Set tree on fire. Give pervert a rusty knife. Let him make his decision.

Andrea Hoag 8 years ago

Looks like other sources are reporting the name of the guy who did this.

Also, it looks like two Lawrence High School young men (or recent grads) are responsible for fighting off the victim's attacker, in which case, we have two new heroes in town to thank that this victim wasn't hurt even worse.

Good job Lawrence PD for arresting this person - hope he is in jail for a long, long time.

So glad the other women came forward.

Jkanderson, I know you mean well, but it's really a scary feeling for a woman to get grabbed. Not an actual JOKE. Yeah.

MasterShake 8 years ago

Good Job by the LPD, too bad the DA will muck it all up and plea baragin it down to community service.

Cait McKnelly 8 years ago

I can pretty well guarantee he won't get probation/community service. Even if everything else is dropped, the knife attack alone is worth 3-5 years (If I recall correctly).

nobody1793 8 years ago

Let's use this dude to plug the leaking oil well...head first. That's community service!

Irenaku 8 years ago

This really scares me...I jog out there all the time with my son and just happened to not be there that day. I carry my cell phone, and apparently I should start carrying a switch blade in my water belt, too...

Justin Anderson 8 years ago

It is imperative that we make an example of this man.. We must Keep pressure on the DA to persecute to the fullest extent possible, my wife and children USED to ride that path. Jonathan Kealing can we sign up to be informed of the proceedings on this case so that the community can show our DA that it wants this man prosecuted fully? Thanks.

EarthaKitt 8 years ago

You mean prosecute. Although a little persecution isn't going to hurt. Reminds me of the time a friend asked me to a football game. The added bonus, he said, was that the hall of fame was going to indict some legendary player at halftime. Needless to say I was VERY disappointed by the ceremony.

texburgh 8 years ago

How would a concealed weapon have helped her? A guy grabs her off her bike, beats her and begins stabbing her. Perhaps she could have called "time out" so she could get to her backpack or saddle pack to retrieve a gun.

Concealed carry does little in this kind of situation.

1southernjayhawk 8 years ago

If you have been properly trained in concealed carry, it would take care of this situation permanently.

EarthaKitt 8 years ago

Or in the alternative, the stabber, who clearly has the upper hand having not been taken off guard, gets hold of the gun and shoots the victim and both of our brave, young heroes.

Even with proper training I can't imagine that someone who's not pulling a gun on a regular basis is going to be able to react effectively.

texburgh 8 years ago

Let's see in your next post if you can get any more offensive or idiotic.

geekin_topekan 8 years ago

Another classic from 40 oz.

He claims to speak for "a majority of Lawrence" (which includes me by the way), and appears to hate everything that makes Lawrence and America great. He looks into his crystal ball and invites us to watch a hatred movement rise all around us. Usually his visions are based on future events like elections and so forth. For instance, he prophesied the "majority of Lawrence" voting down the T when in fact it won by a landslide 75%. But, whatever flips his skirt.

Cait McKnelly 8 years ago

Looking at the picture of this guy as he was being hauled in by the police, I can't decide if he's a crackhead, homeless, mentally disturbed or all of the above. He's certainly the poster boy for the "man mama warned you about". Being attacked by a stranger has to be one of the scariest things on the planet. Moreover, not having life threatening injuries can mean little if they are injuries that scar. My heart goes out to this woman. Heal, stay strong and hang in there. You have hundreds of people behind you.

LoveThsLife 8 years ago

I had those same thoughts when I saw his picture. Very scary.

christy kennedy 8 years ago

Me too. There must be a LOT wrong with that man. To so violently attack a stranger in broad daylight would suggest that he's been mentally ill and/or on something for some time.

lllwll 8 years ago

When this first broke and he was caught I posted that I wanted to know what his name was.

One person ask what difference did it make , "is it your cousin". Fess up you liberal jerk.

Turned out a lot more serious and your comment is was stupid

somebodynew 8 years ago

From what I have learned, he has been in town about 3 months, but he listed an actual adress not the Open Shelter. Also, was told that if the two 16 yr olds did not intervene she would probably be dead. Good Job guys !!!!!! KMBC interviewed them on tonight's news and they credit the lady for putting up such a fight, as she apparently was vigorously trying to defend herself and they charged in and drove the guy off. Way to go !!!!

Russell Fryberger 8 years ago

Frankly, I'm sick of these creeps killing and robbing without any compassion for human life. I say nothing less than 10 years hard time. I would shoot him in the forehead but there's too many whiners that don't like that sort of thing.

Majestic42 8 years ago

Time to hire the Boondock Saints to spend a few days in Lawrence. (But more realistically, the rapist is lucky a CCW-license holder didn't discover him)

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Women might want to consider Street Karate instruction as a matter of self defense. Or some comparable instruction that teaches disabling.

Perhaps KU should consider making one year of self defense instruction mandatory for female students?

XEPCT 8 years ago

she was pulled off a bike merrill

nowandthen 8 years ago

So she shouldn't try anything? If I were pulled off a bike I would still fight back with anything and everything I had. Having knowledge of self defense is especially helpful in any surprise attack. Obviously it is better to know about an attack, but more likely than not whoever is the attacker isn't going to yell, "I'm going to attack you! So get ready!" And since she was a fighter (due to all of the cuts) she may possibly have been able to do more.

Jill Jevens 8 years ago

I know these two boys who came to her rescue and I couldn't be more proud of them! That is an incredibly brave thing to do. Although this certainly has been a nightmare for the young woman, I am so glad she's alive, and it's thanks to their actions and her own will to fight. Even though this guy is any community's worst nightmare, it's important to remember that we have also been reminded about the goodness and strength of others.

Brad Maestas 8 years ago

I'm so glad those guys were around to scare off this animal. What a piece of dirt. I'm also glad that he was apprehended quickly and that she survived this. I cannot wrap my head around what it takes for a person to do this. He apparently abandons the idea of raping her and just decides to start cutting and stabbing her instead? Then he gets scared off but comes back to kick her in the head? Unbelievable. No amount of prison time is enough for this scum.

GardenMomma 8 years ago

I am thankful that those two young men were around to help her. She is very lucky they were there.

It sounds like this man has been progressing in his crimes (if indeed he committed the other acts) as his crimes were getting increasingly violent - butt pinching to breast grabbing to mauling. Thank goodness he is off the streets!

And again, thank you to the young men who stood up to him and saved that woman's life. I'm wishing a speedy recovery to the woman and to the young men who saw such a brutal attack, may you realize your actions were truly life saving.

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

Is it just me or does the photo of the two guys look like they were photoshopped onto the background of the trail?

dinglesmith 8 years ago

It is absolutely photoshopped and it is demeaning. These two young men should be honored, not publicly humiliated with that picture. If that's the best photo LJW has, the story should be run without a picture. Very unprofessional.

Brian Sandefur 8 years ago

It's not photoshopped. Looks like he used an external flash to camera right. Pretty standard technique for balancing exposure of people in a more shaded area with bright backgrounds.

Boston_Corbett 8 years ago

have you two ever heard of fill-in flash? Next time you buy a camera spend more than $50 and get a new setting.

Amy Heeter 8 years ago

Good thing the boys were there. I know one of them, They should both be very proud.

Kris_H 8 years ago

I just keep thinking of all the women (and men too) who use those paths on a daily basis.

I don't have any really good answers, but hope all of them will be aware and try to stay safe.

Hope for the young woman, for a good recovery in body and spirit.

And many, many thanks to the two capable and courageous young men. You guys took a huge risk going up unarmed against a knife, on behalf of a stranger. You are fine human beings and I salute you.

jumpin_catfish 8 years ago

They should get a reward and key to the city and free pizza for a month. I hope the city steps up and honors these young men! Best wishes to the victim, hope she has a speedy recovery.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

pretty sure the booking information gave him an address...don't think he was a transient.

thebeesknees 8 years ago

You kids are amazing....great job!!!
Best wishes to the victim for a speedy recovery also.

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

The photo was not photoshopped together. The photo was taken on the trail. We DO NOT photoshop two images together.

overthemoon 8 years ago

Mr Krug has done other interesting photos and clearly uses flash and lighting enhancements to when taking his images. That's certainly ok, I like to see some art in photojournalism. There is an oddly disturbing quality to this photo though as the lighting seems to imitate computer generated animation imagery rather than presenting a a picture of people on a hot summer day in Kansas. Much room for debate here among the photog and graphics crowd.

Kontum1972 8 years ago

this use to be a nice city....what happened? first basketball ticket this..... drop the bomb NOW! nice work guys..u might want to wear a shirt when u recieve your medals from the city for being genuine proud...Amen!

tellitlikeitis 8 years ago

Not to make lite of the situation- but seriously, what is with everyone that is photographed having their shirt off?

overthemoon 8 years ago

I'm guessing these guys don't bring along clothes for a photo shoot when they go out for a run.

Eddie Muñoz 8 years ago

Yeah, it's a weird picture. Almost looks like they're in front of a green screen and the image was added afterward.

In any case, good on them. Glad they were there to help.

flux 8 years ago

Lets not lose sight of whats important here people

Eddie Muñoz 8 years ago

We're not, we're just digressing a bit, sheriff.

kernal 8 years ago

Uhm, they were out jogging on a warm day, in the sun? Prolly left their shirts in the car or they got torn, bloodied and dirty saving that woman's life. Who cares? We don't have to look at big fat beer bellies!

staff04 8 years ago

Since the photo came up, whose idea was it to have the guys shed their shirts? I mean, I get that they might have been running that way, but for the follow-up interview? Can anyone say, "Creepy photo shoot?"

Nick: "No really guys, it's okay. Let's just do one without our shirts..."

headdoctor 8 years ago

Perhaps, staffo4, that you and Kontum1972 should get together and have a tea party to discuss jogging etiquette.

Like joggers are always going to have a T-shirt handy in case an LJW Photographer jumps out from behind a bush as part of an impromptu interview. (HUGE EYE ROLL)

imagold 8 years ago

God bless those two young men. That was a very brave thing to do and saved a life. Hugs.

Isaias Shannon 8 years ago

This story continues to haunt me. I a daily runner and spend a lot of time on that trail and others in town. I run with a group for the most part, but sometimes solo and admit that I have taken the "safety" of Lawrence for granted. I am disturbed to my core by this shocking event. My heart goes out to the victim and I can only hope that she can carry on and find inner strength/peace surrounding this attack. It will be a long road to recovery. As for the two young men, they are an example of bravery and that there is more good than evil in the world. The really are heroic! I also plan to continue to follow this story - I hope this perp gets put away for a long, long time.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

Same... I've been thinking about it quite a bit since it happened. :(

Tammy Graham 8 years ago

Hats off to those two young men, you are truly awesome people to put yourselves in danger to help a stranger. You have made the community proud! THANK YOU!!!

Cassie Powell 8 years ago

I had the pleasure of working with Nathaniel last summer, He is an awesome young man. Way to go Nathaniel. Glad you were not hurt helping someone else.

sourpuss 8 years ago

It is a terrible picture. I hope they change it to something more respectful.

kernal 8 years ago

If their shirts had blood on them from helping the victim, would you consider that more appropriate and do you really think they would have wanted to leave them on? Come on! Think!

headdoctor 8 years ago

Sourpuss. Please join the suggested tea party suggested in one of the above posts. I am sure staffo4 and Kontum1972 would like some extra company and input.

Boston_Corbett 8 years ago

ultimate175 - exactly.

I guess the good news is that regular readers don't want to see photo illustrations, and want to see real photos. Thank god some things are still real.

Actually, the fact it fools some regular readers shows you how good the photo is. All the LJW photogs are pretty damn good imo.

Thanks for clearing it up JK. I presume LJW policy would show a photoshop photo as a "photo illustration."

TOB, I'll help you shop for some camera equipment sometime. Or next time you run into one of ljw photogs, ask to see what is in their bag of tricks.

50YearResident 8 years ago

I hope this one isolated incident will not keep anyone from using the path for daily use. It is highly unlikely that another event like this will happen any time soon. Keep in mind the attacker was caught and jailed.

lilyanne 8 years ago

Honestly, I will not use it anymore until I take more self defense classes and possibly apply for a conceal carry permit. You never know if you are going to be in the wrong spot at the wrong time and I prefer to be at least prepared as much as possible. Plus it would be nice to be trained to harm the suspect enough they can't get away. Enough is enough of these type of people!!!! Given that... anyone know if there are still Krav Maga classes around here or any other self defense training classes that provide exactly what I am looking for?

lilyanne 8 years ago

Narrow minded are we tumbilweed? How did you interpret my comment as "freaked out"? Isn't it smarter to be prepared and trained for an attack than not? Or what do you suggest since you don't seem to agree that self defense is a good thing? I am at least open minded enough to see if others have better solutions. Or should I start assuming in your comment, since you did so well assuming in mine, that you believe women shoudn't have a right to protect ones self? And by the way I highly recommend reading my comment again...... conceal carry = training! martial arts = training!!... not "trained martial arts people carrying guns"... maybe you need to do some research and quit turning comments outside wrong

flux 8 years ago

You guys are Heros!!! Key to the city is right. I hope they do something for these young men.....

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

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Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

Whoops. Nick responded right as I did. So I'm taking mine down so you can see exactly what he said.

Nick Krug 8 years ago

Ultimate175 is correct. The photo looks a bit "strange" because I'm using a flash that is off camera to light the two who are standing in shade. The strobe is diffused by a small softbox that I have positioned out of the frame at camera right. The rest of the photograph, grass, trees and all are lit by the sun which is coming down at a higher and different angle. Sometimes when you mix two competing light sources coming from drastically different angles in one photograph you'll end up with such results. I thought it was a small price to pay to keep the two out of the sun while we interviewed them.

Here's a screen shot of the raw file. As you can see at the bottom part in several of the thumbnails my flash didn't fire so the two are left standing in shadow. file:///Users/nkrug/Desktop/Picture%202.jpg

Hope this helps,


Boston_Corbett 8 years ago

It's a great photo, actually. Thanks Nick.

flux 8 years ago

Its funny because the first thing I thought of when I saw the picture was how great I thought it looked

broddie 8 years ago

Headline and photo fail.

Fake looking picture looks cheesy. Calling these men "teens" is inappropriate.

They acted as men and should be treated respectfully.

Sure, it may be a bit nitpicky, but the little things count.. People from all over the world can see this. It's on the INTERNET!

Quit embarrassing yourself, ljworld.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

why are you people so obsessed over the picture.

I think it accurately accounts that these two were running when it happened on a hot day.

Jeezus people, put the story in perspective.

corduroypants 8 years ago

"It's on the internet!"

Thanks, Cletus.

Nick Krug 8 years ago

Would you mind putting that raw link up one more time pretty please Jon? You're way better at than I am.


Nick Krug 8 years ago

No sweat and no apology necessary, especially from a guy like Bob Dylan:) In any case it's reassuring to know that people pay close attention to photographs. Cheers--Nick

liberallibrarian 8 years ago

These guys can live the rest of THEIR lives knowing they saved this woman. Lawrence has seemed a little scarier these days. Glad to know there are still people out there willing to do the right thing.

StirrrThePot 8 years ago

So proud of those two young men for what they did. Panic is a mindkiller, and they seemed to respond instinctively and logically. I hope the shock of what they saw doesn't leave any adverse effects on them.

As for the victim, bless her heart, I wish her well in the long healing process she is about to endure. I cannot imagine what she is going through right now. Thank God those two young men were in the right place at the right time.

morganlefay 8 years ago

Kudos to these 2 young men who are now heroes! Great job guys and your parents should be very proud! Here's hoping to a speedy recovery for the victim involved.

jayhawk2003 8 years ago


ontheroadfitness 8 years ago

Bravo to the two heroes! I can't believe what this guy did! I wish the bicyclist a speedy recovery and hope this guy gets locked up for a LONG time!

Mike Hatch 8 years ago

Those 2 young men definately deserve a medal and some kind of official recognition. I wonder if they were boy scouts?

The guy who did this is a stain. What sickens me most is that he returned to kick her in the head. Unbelievable.

jayhawk2003 8 years ago

just be lucky you didn't know the guy..

tomatogrower 8 years ago

I saw them interviewed on channel 9 news last night, and they kept talking about how brave the woman was, and that she was fighting this guy, but if they hadn't showed up, her wounds would have weakened her too much to keep fighting. They kept calling the woman a hero. They were so modest. What great kids. Thanks for being good citizens.

Ray March 8 years ago

was there a requirement for this story that everyone pictured had to take their shirts off??!!


whats_going_on 8 years ago

well, they were running on a hot day... so they probably had their shirts off...its not uncommon.

The guy who was captured? Looks like he might not own a shirt.

Is that what is important here? Seriously.

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

I apologize for my earlier doubts regarding the photo. When you are used to seeing hamburgers, a steak is going to look funny.

lionheart72661 8 years ago

These two young men may not think they are heros but they are and anyone that knows them should be proud to call them friends. Yes what they did went above and beyond but if they didn't that poor lady would be dead right now. I ride that trail a lot and you can bet your bottom dollar i will be more observant of the people in the area. all I can say is GOD help the scum bag if i ever come across such a thing on one of my outings. Good job guys! You are heros

Danimal 8 years ago

These young men did exactly what they should have done. It's refreshing to see young people doing the right thing. I hope that they are properly commended for their actions. I also hope that the young woman that was attacked recovers fully.

Clark Coan 8 years ago

The two young men should get a reward for saving the Danish woman's life.

The Topeka paper says the suspect is one William Nichols who moved here in the last few months. Read: transient. There are several William Nichols on the USDOJ national sex offenders registry but none from Kansas or Missouri. Several from New York and one from Tenn. though.

kernal 8 years ago

There are several listed in the USA with same first and last name, but can differentiate with this perps middle name and date of birth. Don't jump to conclusions without accurate data.

KansasPerson 8 years ago

I'd like to know if there's anything we can do to help this young woman. I would think she'd be out of work for a while, and her insurance might not cover everything. Is there a need and can we help fill it?

kernal 8 years ago

There are people at the hospital and the D.A.'s office who will refer her to the Crime Victims Fund which should take care of the hospital and doctor's bills for the attack, but she may need help for the follow up bills. Because of HIPAA, the medical providers can't tell us if she does or does not have insurance. If she is a student, the Denmark Embassy may take care of the rest.

acg 8 years ago

OMG, this is crazy!! I'm so glad the girl is okay (sort of). Thank God these guys were out jogging that day. You guys saved that girl from being brutally raped and murdered, it's an amazing thing you did and we can't thank you enough for your quick thinking.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

several other stories on news sites are saying that the two other assaults by this guy happened on the bike path...but thats not right is it? I thought those were close to downtown?

puddleglum 8 years ago

way to go guys!
city should give them a medal.

ontheotherhand 8 years ago

Thank you, young Nathaniel and Aiden. You are heroes in my eyes! I hope you (or people like you) are nearby when I am biking or running on a path. Good karma to you!!!!

igby 8 years ago

I bet this is that same creepy guy who's been hanging on Mass. St.. He looks like a young Abe type about 30ish. He a nut case. I've witnesses his verbal rants at women on Mass. street just a week ago. He's tall and had facial hair and wanders around zig zaging from one side of Mass. St. to the other. The cops did check him out after he shouted a vulgar rant at some girls in front of the Granada, but is was not enough to arrest him.

errita 8 years ago

I'm so glad to see these two guys stepped in to help. So many people don't anymore.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Man charged with kidnapping and attempted rape in Douglas County More News

LAWRENCE | A 30-year-old Lawrence man was charged today in Douglas County District Court with the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman as she rode her bicycle Wednesday east of Clinton Lake Dam Road.

William E. Nichols also was charged with aggravated battery. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in district court. Bond was set at $500,000.

Police were called to the area by a citizen who helped the woman get away from her attacker. Lawrence police were able to apprehend her assailant when he attempted to flee the area.

Police reported the woman also was stabbed by her assailant, who is also a suspect in other attacks on women. Police said the man was suspected of pinching a woman’s buttocks April 15 near Ninth and Mississippi streets in Lawrence and groping a woman’s breast Tuesday in the 1600 block of University Drive.

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kernal 8 years ago

Merrill, why are you posting this? It's redundant.

puddleglum 8 years ago

saying that as soon as scummy ol'; east lawrence has a trail of its own, they can 'shop at home' and won't have to come out to the pastoral western edge of lawrence.

jackpot 8 years ago

I think he was booked with address on N Mich. Anyone know if the boys shirts may have been used for first aid? They were with her waiting for LEOs and medical to get there. Shirts could be used to slow bleeding, better than using shorts.

brian1981 8 years ago

How could repeatedly stabbing a woman with a knife be anything other than attempted murder? I don't get some of the laws in this country.

And massive kudos to the unarmed young men who courageously stopped the attack. I hope when older people talk bad about the younger generations they will keep anecdotes like this in mind.

sleepy33 8 years ago

I agree that those two young men are heroes, and sincerely hope the city gives them some official recognition for their bravery. Also, I would recommend that anyone who runs/bikes/walks alone invest in some type of pepper spray device. This one can be bought for $10 and has a hand strap so that it is ready at all times.

Boston_Corbett 8 years ago

I heard that the young lady is an international student who has been in the states only for a short time. How terrible.

Frank Hays 8 years ago

These two young men are truly heroes! Way to go guys. Who are the ultimate goats in this story! The powers to be that run this stupid town. Get rid of the street urchins that roam this town and camp on the river and bum money down on Mass Street. This scum need to be run out of this town and forced to go somewhere else (Topeka or KC would be preferable). The Lawrence Police coddle these urchins as they harrass people downtown. The homeless in this town are by and large drunkards, druggies or just lazy bums. Run them out of town like they did back in the 1930s and let them go find victims in other communities that allow this scum to congregate amonst good people. People who are poor but want to work are not in this group but if people refuse to take responsibility and choose to make a living by harrassing people on Mass Street by panhandling then get the hell out of this town and go somewhere more fitting for your type (California comes to mind).

kernal 8 years ago

LOL! That's how I look in every outdoor picture from my childhood. Hard to smile with furrowed brow,squinty eyes and a scrunched up nose which makes the smile look more like a sneer or snarl!!

Kris_H 8 years ago

Complete sidetrack--but not only are all our eyes squinched in many childhood photos, but my Dad's shadow is right up in there in many of them too. Thanks for the memories...especially today.

Kiana Griffin 8 years ago

As a woman, this is a frightening thing to read. This type of thing is the reason I started taking Krav Maga and self-defense lessons a few years ago. My daughter goes to class with me and we learn what to do in an attack. We even work on ground defenses. I'm not saying we would emerge unscathed, but an attacker would definitely have his hands full with either one of us!

My heart goes out to this young woman and I"m so thankful these guys were there at the right time and had the heart to intervene.

kernal 8 years ago

Too much violence going on and too many mentally ill on the streets who pose a danger to others and to themselves. There was much less violent crime when states still had state mental institutions. Now our jails and prisons are replacing the state mental institutions and the patients/prisoners are not getting the care they need. Very sad situation and getting worse.

KU1992 8 years ago

I have known both of these guys for over six years now, and I can tell you all that Nate (left) is a complete hard a** and would have beaten the life out of that guy if he had caught him.

Both of these guys are very modest and their behavior in this whole thing doesn't surprise me at all.

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