An incident that grew from a romantic quarrel resulted in two men being stabbed over the weekend.
According to the Excelsior Springs Police Department, the altercation began less than an hour after midnight Friday, March 15.
“On March 16, at about 12:50 a.m., in the 200 block of E. Excelsior Street, two male subjects forcibly entered the apartment of a known party,” explained Lt. Clint Reno. The apartment’s resident was a former girlfriend of one of the suspects, and their intention, according to the police investigation, was to assault the female’s new boyfriend.
“Once the two male subjects entered the apartment, one of them began severely assaulting the new boyfriend,” Reno continued. “Another subject, a 21-year-old male inside the apartment at the time of the occurrence, grabbed a knife and came to the rescue of the male being assaulted.”
He stabbed both of the intruders multiple times; the two stabbing victims then left the apartment and went out to the street, after which the police were contacted.
Reno said all of the occupants of the apartment—including the man who had stabbed the intruders—left the area in a vehicle.
“Police were advised and were able to locate and stop the vehicle on Kearney Road near Old Orchard,” Reno said. “All subjects in the vehicle cooperated and the knife was recovered.”
The stabbing victims, ages 17 and 22, were taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment. Reno said one was listed that night in critical condition and one was listed in stable condition; both are expected to survive, but police did not have any updated information on their situation.
A case for first-degree assault was forwarded to Clay County, but the prosecutor’s office declined to file charges because they believed the 21-year-old male acted in self-defense.
Reno said the case is still under investigation, and there is a chance municipal charges will be filed; other charges, possibly including burglary, are being considered by the Clay County prosecutor.
No names were released because no criminal charges had been filed.
By Eric Copeland • firstname.lastname@example.org