Blood on carpet: It was a cut

By Katherine Wartell

Police were called to the Heritage Ridge Apartment complex near Cico Park Sunday morning for a report of significant amounts of blood found in one of the complex’s laundry rooms. But officials later determined the site was not a crime scene. Instead, the blood belonged to a 34-year-old man who had been involved in an altercation earlier that morning at Bobby T’s Grill and Bar.

Police were called to the complex at 3120 Heritage Lane at about 10:37 a.m., after a resident reported blood in the basement laundry room. Officers discovered that a trail of blood also led out of the room.

Not knowing the nature of the incident, several units and agencies, including the K-9 unit and a helicopter from the Kansas Highway Patrol, responded. Detectives investigated the scene for nearly a full day before learning that a man had checked into Mercy Regional Health Center late Sunday night for a significant cut to his cheek.

Lt. Josh Kyle said the man was involved in a physical altercation after drinking heavily at Bobby T’s, 3240 Kimball Ave., at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday. The restaurant is about a half mile away from the place where the blood stain was found. Kyle said the man told police that he woke up in the laundry room of the complex in a pool of his own blood and then made his way to his nearby home.

The man decided he needed medical attention at about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Kyle said police have filed a battery report in relation to the incident at Bobby T’s, and will not release the man’s name as he is considered a suspect in the case.

Kyle said the man was possibly involved in other altercations, verbal or physical, but that detectives are still unsure when he sustained his injuries. He said they could have come from the fight or possibly from stumbling, among other things.

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