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Two arrested after stabbing incident near downtown Topeka

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 7:04 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two people were arrested early Friday following an incident in which a man was stabbed in the arm during an altercation just west of downtown Topeka, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 6:55 a.m. in the 900 block of S.W. Polk.

Topeka police, Topeka fire and American Medical Response ambulance responded to the scene.

The victim was reported to have been transported to a local hospital by private vehicle. His injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

Topeka police spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker said officers responded shortly before 7 a.m. Friday to the 900 block of S.W. Polk after receiving report of two people who were trespassing at that location.

Upon their arrival, officers located a man who was suffering from injuries consistent with being stabbed.

The victim told officers that two people who were known to him were trespassing on his property and an altercation ensued, resulting in him being stabbed.

Topeka police spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker said two suspects later were booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with the incident.

The arrested individuals were identified as Lois Y. McFadden, 64, Jesse J. Griffin, 36, both of Topeka.

McFadden was booked into jail in connection with aggravated battery; criminal trespass; and Topeka bench warrants.

Griffin was booked into jail in connection with battery and criminal trespass.

Six Topeka police units remained at the scene for about a half-hour after the incident was reported.

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