Man charged with attempted murder after reported stabbing; victim in stable condition

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A Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle is pictured June 28, 2022.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

A man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder after a reported stabbing in south Lawrence. In court the next day, he was charged with attempted murder in the second degree.

The charging documents allege that he stabbed another man repeatedly with a knife.

Dimas Alberto Bencomo Bustamante, 34, who has no address currently listed on the Douglas County Jail’s booking log, was arrested shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1100 block of East 25th Terrace.

In a post on social media at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Lawrence Police Department said officers responded to the scene just after 9 p.m. According to Sgt. Drew Fennelly, an uninvolved area resident reported that a male was on the porch bleeding from either a gunshot or stab wound.

After speaking to the involved parties, police detained one man. The victim is being treated at an area trauma center and is in stable condition, police said. No other injuries were reported.

Fennelly said the victim was stabbed in the upper torso. He said the victim did know the suspect.

At Bustamante’s first appearance Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, his bond was set at $100,00 cash or surety. He addressed the court through a Spanish-language interpreter. Judge Amy Hanley said he did not qualify for a court-appointed attorney based on his reported income of $6,000 a month. After her interaction with him, she ordered a competency evaluation and for him to not return to the address where the alleged stabbing occurred.

Assistant District Attorney Christen Secrest said it’s believed he resided at the address where the alleged stabbing occurred and that he had been there only about a week.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the victim did know the suspect, according to police.


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