Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after woman says he tried to throw her into river

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

In this file photo from Aug. 4, 2020, a Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured outside the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

A Lawrence man was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman told police that he tried to throw her into the Kansas River.

The man, Adam Blake Amyx, 37, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and making criminal threats, said Major Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department.

Around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Lawrence police officers were called to the southbound side of the Kansas River bridge, where they met a woman who claimed that a man had tried to pick her up and throw her over the bridge’s railing, McKinley said.

The woman told police that she had been walking across the bridge and encountered a man who was yelling. As she approached and tried to pass him, the man grabbed her and lifted her off of the ground, McKinley said. She believed he was trying to throw her into the water, and she repeatedly kicked at the man until she broke free and was able to run away and call the police, McKinley said.

The man was located walking along Sixth Street, where police arrested him. He is also suspected of making additional threats to other people earlier in the evening, McKinley said.

A bond had yet to be set for Amyx on Friday morning.

The Journal-World will update this story when more information becomes available.


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