Archive for Monday, June 25, 2012

Lawrence man pleads no contest to threatening teen with chain saw

June 25, 2012


A 30-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Monday to making a criminal threat in connection with an April incident in which he was accused of scaring a 15-year-old boy with a chain saw.

Ryan Shelby Harjo entered the plea Monday afternoon, and prosecutors said they believe Harjo will receive probation in the case.

David Melton, a chief assistant Douglas County district attorney, said in court that prosecutors had evidence that Harjo was angry at the victim early on April 22 because of “some actions that had been taken by” the victim’s mother. The victim would not leave the apartment in 1300 block of Michigan Way, so Harjo threatened the victim with a chain saw and began counting down until the boy left the apartment, Melton said.

Prosecutors originally charged Harjo with aggravated assault. District Judge Michael Malone is scheduled to sentence Harjo on July 27.

Harjo is also listed as victim in the attempted murder case of William J. Verner, 27, who is accused of firing a gun from a vehicle at Harjo and another man early on April 1 after an earlier altercation outside the same apartments on Michigan Way. Harjo testified at Verner’s preliminary hearing that he is a tree trimmer and has tools at his residence.


Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 11 months ago

So, why didn't the boy leave when he was told to? I think the chain saw was a bit much, but if he had ordered the boy to get out several times and the boy just stood there he was probably getting very frustrated. The boy needs a talking to.

ivalueamerica 5 years, 11 months ago

You are a great example of something that I think is very wrong in the USA. We spend more time criticizing and second guessing and pushing to teach people not to be victims of crimes that we do criticizing, pushing and teaching people not to be criminals. Every time there is a rape in the paper, the comments are filled with discussion about the woman's clothes or if she flirted as though any of that makes rape justifiable. I would prefer a community where we talk about what is wrong with the criminal and not why the victim should take the blame.

08Champs 5 years, 11 months ago

Hmmm....chainsaw a "bit much?". There exists no rationale for threatening a child with a chain saw. None. Ever.

08Champs 5 years, 11 months ago

Agreed -

An un-armed 15 year old boy, no matter how aggravating, does not justify the use of chainsaw as a threat/weapon....99.9% of the time.

jehovah_bob 5 years, 11 months ago

Zombies are rarely armed with anything more than, uh, their arms. No matter what age, you take him out.

Clickker 5 years, 11 months ago

If you are told to leave...YOU LEAVE!!

Chainsaw is a bit much, but maybe it was the only thing Harjo had to make his point.

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