RCPD Finds Source Of Mysterious Blood Trail

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say their investigation into a large pool of blood found at a Manhattan apartment building is over after a man later arrived at the hospital with wounds suffered during an apparent bar brawl.

On Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 10:37 AM, the department received a call of a suspicious situation at 3120 Heritage Lane, an apartment building at the Heritage Ridge Apartments. A 39-year-old woman found a substantial amount of blood on the floor in the laundry room, located in the basement of the building, and a trail of blood nearby.

RCPD launched a full investigation, closing nearby streets and bringing in canines to search the area for an injured person as well as a helicopter from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Hospitals throughout northeast Kansas were also notified of the alarming discovery so they could be on the lookout for any patients with injuries that could be connected to the incident.

Twelve hours later, a 34-year-old man showed up at Mercy Regional Health Center on College Avenue in Manhattan at 10:30 PM with a significant cut inside his mouth. Police say he was involved in a fight at a local bar.

At 2:10 AM on September 16, 2012, an RCPD spokesman says the man, who is not being identified, was involved in several altercations at Bobby T’s Bar and Grill on Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, located across the street from the apartment complex near Cico Park. Officials say at least one of the altercations was physical and resulted in police being called to the scene and a report being filed.

According to police, the man was very intoxicated and managed to make his way to the laundry room of the apartment building, an open common area, bleeding profusely from his nose and mouth. He is not a resident of the building, however. Officers interviewed the man after the incident and he told them that he woke up in a pool of his own blood in the laundry room (located north of the bar) and made his way to his home nearby. He slept for several hours and eventually decided to seek medical treatment and went to the hospital.

“The precise cause of the man’s injury is still being determined and the altercation is being investigated. It has not been conclusively determined that all of the man’s injuries occurred during the altercation, or if he later fell, etc. Intoxication is believed to be a factor in the incident. The man is being listed as the suspect on a battery report, so his name cannot be released. The RCPD is confident that it has found the source of the blood and considers this portion of the matter closed,” an RCPD press release stated Monday.

Lieutenant Josh Kyle, RCPD spokesman, told WIBW: "Our two biggest concerns when we have a substantial amount of blood that is located is that we have an injured person somewhere in the area and we need to search that area to see if we can find somebody that could be down somewhere bleeding out and may be in serious trouble and in need of medical attention. Our other concern is that this is a possible crime scene and until we find out otherwise, we treat it as such. This could have turned out to be homicide or a serious battery so our concern is to treat this situation seriously until we find out otherwise and that’s what we did in this case."

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