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Man transported to Kansas City area hospital following downtown altercation

August 5, 2011

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Emergency crews respond to an altercation Friday morning that sent one man to a Kansas City area hospital. The incident occurred in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.

Emergency crews respond to an altercation Friday morning that sent one man to a Kansas City area hospital. The incident occurred in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.

One taken to hospital following downtown altercation

A man was transported to a Kansas City area hospital Friday morning following an altercation downtown. The man suffered serious injuries after being punched and reportedly hitting his head on the sidewalk. Enlarge video

A 22-year-old man suffered serious injuries early Friday morning following an altercation in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.

According to Lawrence police Sgt. Susan Hadl, witnesses said the 22-year-old man had been walking south on Massachusetts Street when a vehicle rolled by and items were thrown at him. Hadl said the man and the occupants of the vehicle exchanged words. The driver of the vehicle then parked, exited the vehicle and punched the man, whose head struck the ground.

Police were called about 1:45 a.m.

Emergency crews on scene washed blood off the sidewalk while medics tended to the victim. The assailant fled north in a silver crossover vehicle, possibly a Dodge Journey. The suspect was described as a black man of average height and build with three-inch curly hair.

Calls were made to determine the availability of a helicopter, but the victim was ultimately taken by ambulance to a Kansas City hospital.

Hadl urged anyone with information about the incident to call police at 785-832-7650, or Crime Stoppers at 785-843-TIPS.

Comments

irvan moore 2 years, 8 months ago

it seems like our downtown entertainment district needs to have even more taxpayer money protecting it. close the freaking bars, turn it back into a downtown and watch it thrive.

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Raphael 2 years, 8 months ago

The vehicle was not moving according to eye witnesses

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gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

Would it be too hard to have at least one cop on foot patrol at night?

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SCOE 2 years, 8 months ago

i read this article twice and did not see alcohol in the article at all?????????

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

I am not a giant fan of people running around the town with guns/weapons (legal or not) but one of these days someone will do the wrong thing to another and will see why people have a "CC" and maybe then the hooligans will cool it down a bit (or come back with a bigger weapon). Alcohol, it is a hell of a drug!!

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Lance Cheney 2 years, 8 months ago

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eel 2 years, 8 months ago

was the victim white?, if so this is a hate crime

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cheeseburger 2 years, 8 months ago

This town does all it can to encourage the use of alcohol, so should it be terribly surprising that stuff like this happens?

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 8 months ago

A helicopter would have had a problem landing because of the sawtooth curbs.

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 8 months ago

Note to drunks (town and college, alike): If you punch someone, and they fall and hit their head, you are responsible for the inordinate injury that may result, even if you didn't intend it.

Aggravated battery can become "aggravated" either by the way you do it (e.g., with a deadly weapon), or by the harm that results (e.g., great bodily harm). So, just a simple punch in the mouth could become a felony, or even a homicide.

Free tip: cool it.

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consumer1 2 years, 8 months ago

This is an unfortunate incedent. Please people don't become apathetic, when you see something like this call the cops, but also, try to get more information about the person(s) involved. More crime is happening more often in Lawrence. We must all be more vigilent and aware of these offences. We don't want to become like the larger cities where people are affraid to get involved. In order to stop this kind of behavior the police need all the help they can get from the citizens. This is our town, let's take care to make sure it stays under control.

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guppypunkhead 2 years, 8 months ago

Wow, someone got the stuffing beat out of them for seemingly no reason, 3 blocks from my house. Great.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

I knew it was almost football season!

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SilverShadow 2 years, 8 months ago

See the college drunks are back in town.

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Aw Lawrence. The peaceful non violent, accepting of all town that is so full of hypocrisy we all just laugh.

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