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Police find blood-soaked man wandering in street

Staff report

September 16, 2013

Police about 3 a.m. Saturday morning found a blood-soaked man with a hammer and cleaver walking down Jarboe Street.


An officer stopped the man, who he described in a report “covered in what appeared to be large amounts of blood,” was apparently intoxicated and said someone had robbed him and fled down Jarboe Street. The man said he and another person had been drinking most of the day at his home on Addie Street.


As it got later, the man said he asked the other person to leave, but the man later returned to the Addie Street home with two others, kicking in a door. The victim said the man had a gun and demanded money, but the victim “called his bluff,” calling the gunman a “punk” and saying he wouldn’t shoot him.


The gunman then pistol-whipped the victim, he told police, and they began to fight. The robbers took the victim’s pants and $60 before fleeing.


Officers went to the home to investigate and found the back door kicked in and “there was (an) apparent altercation that had occurred,” according to a report. “There was blood covering a major part of the floor, and blood-smeared hand prints on the walls.”


Detectives began to question the victim, who started to give variations on his original story. They also located a bloody pair of jeans inside the home that the victim alleged the robbers had taken.


Due to the victim’s apparent intoxication, investigators asked him to follow up on Sunday when he was sober, but he did not contact police.


Capt. Dale Strickland said detectives would follow up with the man today. Detectives were attempting to identify the people involved and exact circumstances of the altercation.