Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence man, 53, punched by stranger on Massachusetts Street

April 29, 2013


A 53-year-old man reported to police he was punched in the face by a stranger on Massachusetts Street in the early-morning hours Saturday.

The man was walking down the sidewalk in the 1100 block of Massachusetts Street about 2:05 a.m. Saturday when an unidentified male, who he did not know, approached and asked the man if he knew "what year it was," said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. He then punched the man in the face.

The victim did not give a detailed description of his attacker, and declined medical treatment. Police have not located a suspect.

Police said this battery does not appear to be related to a similar incident last week.


Centerville 11 months, 3 weeks ago

So the victim didn't punch the perp, chase him down, or describe him to police? Why not?


Orwell 11 months, 3 weeks ago

If Brownback would just stay out of downtown Lawrence this wouldn't happen so often.


Michael Auchard 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Myself included, I know three people who've been randomly jumped downtown in the past several months. It sucks.


LWbored 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Downtown Lawrence is gaining a very bad reputation for drug addicts and crazies harassing people all hours of the day and night. Something does need to be done. I do not blame the local bars. Bars don't get people high, make people criminals, or make people mentally ill.


irvan moore 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't understand why the people being hit don't hit back


75x55 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Nothing good happens after midnight.


gatekeeper 11 months, 3 weeks ago

They need to do with our downtown like they've done with Beale St. in Memphis. I was just there last weekend and it was wonderful. They block off the street, have plenty of police on hand and allow you buy drinks on the street, walk around with your drink, hop club to club. It was VERY safe and very enjoyable. You can tell even the cops have fun down there. It generates more than enough money to pay for the police needed to keep it safe. No one dared to mess with anyone else because cops were intermingled with the partiers and they've created a fun atmosphere. The few I saw that had WAY too much to drink were nicely escorted away to taxis so they wouldn't cause any problems.


catfishturkeyhunter 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Guy must have thought we were in the 19th century when it was still legal to hit people.


L7 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Obviously, the guy was a time traveler who needed to know if he had made it to the correct year.


g_rock 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Maybe he didn't like the answer about what year it was?


oldbaldguy 11 months, 3 weeks ago

remember "what's the frequency?"


Leslie Swearingen 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Isn't anyone curious as to why the man wanted to know what year this is? Perhaps it is not germane to the story, but don't people, when they read something in the paper, muse about it and wonder?

Do we really just want the bare bones, a mere skeleton of a report? Or do we really want to delve into the mystery of just what did happen on that dark street that brought two strangers together?


cheeseburger 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Past commissions have opened the door for a bar district downtown. Seems they got what they wanted, replete with the requisite problems.

One of the many reasons I stay out of downtown.


autie 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Mass. street south is becoming a dangerous place after two in the morning on Saturdays.


PwopellewCap 11 months, 3 weeks ago

What's the frequency Kenneth?......


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