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Lawrence man jumps in to help police officer subdue out-of-control suspect

January 23, 2013

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A 25-year-old Lawrence man jumped in to help a police officer struggling to subdue a man suspected of attacking cars in traffic and caving in the roof of a Prius on Saturday night on the Kansas University campus.

Nicholas Ayre said he had never been in a fight before. But when he saw the man attacking a police officer in the 1300 block of West Campus Road, his first instinct was to get involved. With his help, the officer arrested Sol Sebastian Rhoad Starling, 19, of Shawnee, on charges of battery and destruction of property, according to Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

According to police, the incident began on West Campus Road about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, when Starling ran into the street and punched the rear quarter panel of the Toyota 4Runner that Ayre was riding in. Ayre followed him, hoping to identify him for police, and saw Starling jump in front of, and climb onto, a 2004 Toyota Prius driven by Donald Low, 63, of Lawrence.

Ayre said he watched Starling jump up and down on the roof of the car, partially caving in the roof and cracking the windshield. The damage to the car was estimated at $3,000.

Starling fled as Lawrence police Sgt. Craig Shanks arrived on the scene and ran out of sight behind the Chi Omega sorority house. When Shanks approached him and asked for identification, Starling suddenly attacked the officer, according to Ayre and the police report.

“The kid was calm for a second, and then he just lost it,” Ayre said.

The officer tried to use a Taser on the attacking suspect but missed his target and lost the upper hand in the struggle. Ayre said he felt the officer needed a little help and didn’t think twice about getting involved.

“At that point, I was like, ‘game on,’” Ayre said. “I just reacted, and I thought I should just choke this kid out.”

Ayre did. He grabbed hold of Starling and helped the officer put him in handcuffs as other officers arrived. Starling was booked into Douglas County Jail on felony counts of battery against a law enforcement officer, criminal damage of property and obstruction. He was released on $3,500 bond.

McKinley, of the Lawrence Police Department, said that it wasn’t clear what was driving Starling’s behavior that night but that Ayre’s assistance to the officer was a good example of citizen involvement. Under these particular circumstances, he said, the officers involved generally appreciated it.

Ayre said he would do it again. And he doesn’t bear any ill will toward Starling, partly because he is only 19 years old.

“Everyone messes up once in their life. I just hope he had one bad night and finds himself in a better place,” Ayre said.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

Nicholas Ayre said he had never been in a fight before. But when he saw the man attacking a police officer in the 1300 block of West Campus Road, his first instinct was to get involved. With his help, the officer arrested Sol Sebastian Rhoad Starling, 19, of Shawnee, on charges of battery and destruction of property, according to Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.

---Nicholas Ayre is a cool hero in my book! right on dude!

---Sol Sebastian Rhoad Starling? that's some kinda name.

---"destruction of property" for thumping a Prius? or for something else?

---without testing Starling, I'm so glad to know he's out on the street now--NOT!

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

^^jafs 47 minutes ago

I really don't think they're shocking at all.

If police officers aren't trained and equipped to do their job without citizen assistance, something's wrong with that picture.

---the problem is Jafs, you're expecting ... an impossibility. one human can only be trained, equipped strengthened, skilled, etc., to a point; when it is one officer vs. one individual driven into psychotic rage etc., you hit human limits for God's sake Jafs!

I bet that officer Shanks was waiting for his backup but the second officer clearly hadn't arrived yet.

it is attitudes like yours which in fact endanger our LEO's and devalue them. stop expecting them to be superhuman! respect them for what they can do and understand their limits.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

Jafs' comments are shocking here.

one oficer vs. one 19-year-old and Jafs automatically thinks that always and forever any given officer is going to be able to corral a given 19-yo hopped up on something!

thank God somebody was there to help!

why ddn't they hold him and test him for illegal drugs/bathsalts etc.?


and in today's wacko enviro-crazy world, isn't it a federal crime to assault a Prius?

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

so, "Educatedperson" when you jumped on the Prius, youweren't hopped up on something then? are you trying to defend yourself here?

if the article is so fictional, then what really happened?

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MacHeath 1 year, 2 months ago

Now, if I was going to attack a car, I would choose a Prius. I have had my mind altered by all kinds of things in years past, and never had even the slightest desire to attack a car, or anything else. Something is wrong with that boy, but he is not so stupid as to attack an Escalade.

If you can't read through the irony, I am saying that he knew what he was doing on some level. Not just a poor boy freaked on acid. 3500 bond was way too low for that offense.

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educatedperson 1 year, 2 months ago

man, i bet you believe everything you hear on the news or read on the internet.

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tanaumaga 1 year, 2 months ago

Man, you really are educated.

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educatedperson 1 year, 2 months ago

this article isn't really even about what happened. it's a clever journalism technique to illustrate a classic hero/villain fairytale. half of these facts are inaccurate and just blown up to make Mr. Nick Arye look like some kind of heroic citizen.

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youarealldumb 1 year, 3 months ago

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lawdog 1 year, 3 months ago

"They need to hire that guy"!

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Bud Stagg 1 year, 3 months ago

Really dtown? I've seen people on PCP take on 4 cops and get the upper hand. Drugs alter the mind, the mind can alter your abilities. Look at the people who lift cars in emergencies.

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mac 1 year, 3 months ago

JayhawkFan1985 said it right: "I'd like to point out that he did NOT even need a gun as our friends in the NRA would like us to believe."

and

dtown313? I'd like to see you take on a SOBER 19 year old with determination without needing help. You're supposed to say Thank You.

Thank You LPD and Thanks to a great Lawrence Citizen for lending a strong arm!

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friendlyjhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

He won't be in a "better place" until he gets mental health treatment. The suspect is one of those who needs to be identified in the a system so he is treated and monitored. Probably won't happen tho. There are so many who need that kind of help.

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jafs 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm glad this worked out, but it could have been disastrous.

Police shouldn't need the help of civilians to do their job, for which they're trained and compensated.

Also, it seems a bit odd that somebody who's never been in a fight uses the phrase "choke the kid out".

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msezdsit 1 year, 3 months ago

Now, this is a good job by the lpd, with a little help from their friend,s, of course.

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MacHeath 1 year, 3 months ago

Chances are a Prius owner doesn't have a carry permit. I bet he wouldn't have jumped on an Escalade. Boy better get his meds changed.

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ComeOnMannnnnnn 1 year, 3 months ago

Nick has always been solid. Way to rep the Turkey Bowl boys Nick. We may take it easy on you next year. ;)

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dtown313 1 year, 3 months ago

Lmfao the officer couldn't handle a 19 yo!

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 3 months ago

He should get the citizen of the year award. And, I'd like to point out that he did NOT even need a gun as our friends in the NRA would like us to believe.

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JimmyJoeBob 1 year, 3 months ago

I've known Nick since he was a young boy playing baseball for the Cougars with my son. He is a great young man and his actions in this incident don't surprise me. Good job Nick.

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Shelley Bock 1 year, 3 months ago

For many years Officer Shanks and I clashed in the court room. On the other hand, we got to know each other during family sporting events. So glad Officer Shanks wasn't injured and the citizen aided in the arrest. I'm certain the police report will be quite detailed and not good for the defense.

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CMM 1 year, 3 months ago

Nick is a good guy. No surprise he helped out

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somebodynew 1 year, 3 months ago

"... I just hope he had one bad night and finds himself in a better place," Ayre said."

He did - jail.

Thank you Mr. Ayre. Good job.

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fearthephog512 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow, what a story! Props to Ayre. Wonder what was up with Starling ... sounds like he tried to go "Hulk" but ended up in cuffs.

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