Man arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in North Lawrence; no injuries reported

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

Mark William Hatfiled

A man was booked into the Douglas County Jail early Wednesday morning on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.

Lawrence police arrested the man, Mark William Hatfield, 46, in the 700 block of North Third Street around 12:20 a.m., according to the jail booking log. No home address is listed for Hatfield.

Lawrence police issued a statement on a social media post that said Hatfield is accused of trying to repeatedly stab a 38-year-old man in the 700 block of North Third Street.

Police were called to the residence in response to two men having a street fight, but when officers arrived no one was fighting. Witnesses reported that Hatfield had come to the residence with the intention of stabbing the victim, the post said.

Witnesses told police that Hatfield brandished a knife and made multiple attempts to stab the victim but was unsuccessful. Hatfield and the victim were known to each other and no injuries were reported, according to the post.

Hatfield was also booked on a parole violation. Hatfield has two convictions in Douglas County for felony drug possession from 2018 and 2020, two misdemeanor convictions for criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor conviction for criminal trespass from 2017.

Kansas Department of Corrections records indicate that Hatfield was paroled in March and absconded from parole on Sept. 14.


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