Baldwin City man arrested on suspicion of wielding ice pick, punching stranger

The Baldwin City Police Department arrested a man who was allegedly wielding an ice pick as a weapon.

William Rogers, 51, was arrested at 3:15 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and criminal threat.

Mike Patrick, Baldwin City’s interim police chief, said police made the arrest after an unnamed victim reported a man “was acting strange” and punched the victim in the chest in the 600 block of Jersey Street, Patrick said. After punching the victim, Rogers reportedly went down a nearby alley and returned with an ice pick.

“That’s when we got there and placed him under arrest,” Patrick said.

The police do not know what caused the incident, he said, noting that Rogers and the victim did not seem to know each other.

Because of the severity of the charges, no bond will be set for Rogers’ arrest until his first appearance in court. He will likely make his first appearance Tuesday because the Douglas County District Court was closed Monday for Columbus Day.


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