Man allegedly breaks window at The Village and threatens staff with hatchet after being denied entry

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The gated entry to The Village, 256 N. Michigan St., is pictured on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. The site is home to 50 Pallet cabins for people experiencing homelessness.

A man is alleged to have threatened staff and broken an office window at the The Village on Sunday after he was denied entry.

Just after 9 p.m. Sunday officers responded to The Village, 256 N. Michigan St., after staff at the site for people experiencing homelessness called to report that they had been threatened, said Sgt. Drew Fennelly with the Lawrence Police Department in an email.

The man had tried to gain entry to the pallet community and when staff turned him away for possessing a weapon, he broke a window on the office building with a hatchet, then threatened to harm staff, Fennelly said. When police arrived, the man was unarmed and was taken into custody and treated by medics on the scene for minor lacerations on his hand.

The man, Jesse Lee Green, 37, has been charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated robbery for allegedly taking a key, one felony count of aggravated assault with an ax, one misdemeanor count of battery and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage, according to charging documents.

Green is listed as a transient in the Douglas County Jail booking log. He is being held without bond.


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