Lawrence police investigating weekend stabbing and robbery

LAWRENCE (KSNT) – The Lawrence Police Department and detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred early Sunday morning.

Investigators believe the incident began after the victim left a nightclub in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street just before 2:00 a.m. The victim conversed with individuals before entering a vehicle near the nightclub. Police say the occupants of the vehicle were described as a black male driver, a black or Hispanic mixed race male, a “short” Hispanic female, and the white male victim.

Police say as the vehicle traveled through downtown, the suspects announced their intent to rob the victim and began beating him.  Near 8th and Rhode Island, east of downtown, the vehicle stopped briefly and the victim attempted to flee. The suspects fought with the victim and pulled him back into a vehicle which then left the area. The vehicle was described by a witness as a dark colored, older sedan, in good condition.

Police say the victim was located near 6th and Monterey Way, in northwest Lawrence at around 2:30 Sunday morning. Early information indicates the victim may have exited a vehicle driven by the suspects somewhere west of 8th and Monerey Way in a residential area.

The victim sustained numerous injuries, including stab wounds. The suspects left the area in an unknown direction in the suspect vehicle.

Detectives are attempting to locate individuals who may have witnessed this crime on Massachusetts Street, near 8th and Rhode Island, or in the residential area west of 8th and Monterey Way where the victim escaped his attackers. Police report blood was located outside one home in the area, therefore officers are searching the area for additional evidence.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Lawrence Police at 785-832-7509 or CrimeStoppers at 785-843-TIPS(8477).

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