By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE – Police here are looking for a man who allegedly broke into a house in the 500 block of Maple and assaulted its inhabitant with a baseball bat and knife.
Officers responded to the house about 3 p.m. Monday and spoke to the 44-year-old homeowner who had large cuts on his face and hands and told police the 25-year-old suspect, whom he knows, had broken into the house and attacked him.
He said he was in a bedroom when the door was kicked in and the man came in, wielding a “long, folding-style pocket knife.” He told police the man chased him downstairs and a struggle ensued, during which the attacker knifed the man across the face. The struggle continued, and the victim got the knife from the man, suffering a cut to his right hand.
With the knife in hand, he ordered the man out, but he instead picked up a baseball bat and began to swing it at the homeowner, striking him once.
The man then dropped the bat, picked up the knife, and fled.
Police Chief Daniel Grant said the suspect, who has not yet been apprehended, used to date the victim’s current girlfriend, who lives with him and was home at the time.
“That’s what it was all boiling down to,” Grant said. “It was a boyfriend/girlfriend dispute, what we expect was a jealous rage.”
As of Thursday, police had not yet interviewed the man.
Also present at the time of the alleged attack were the suspect’s 23 year-old brother, the brother’s 20-year-old girlfriend and their two young children.
The 20-year-old woman said during the chase the attacker jumped over one of the children in pursuit of the victim. The women then grabbed the children and hid in the attic.
The witnesses said that after the attack, the suspect’s grandmother showed up at the house looking for her grandson. When they told her about the attack, they said she told them not to tell police and drove him away in her Ford Taurus.
Two bedroom doors were lying on the floor and portions of the downstairs area were covered in blood.
It is believed the man entered through an unlocked front door.