Woman stabbed in East Lawrence; police question, arrest suspect

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Post last updated at 12:17 p.m. Monday, May 22:

A woman was stabbed late Sunday in East Lawrence, and after an overnight search, the suspect came to the police station Monday morning, according to the Lawrence Police Department.


Lawrence police found the woman outside with several stab wounds in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Street around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. She was taken to an area trauma center, according to a Facebook post from LPD on Monday morning.

Police were seeking Sean Reese, a 38-year-old white man who is 5-foot-9 and weighs 215 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, according to the post and scanner reports. Police said they believe Reese tried to murder the woman.

“Through investigation we learned the suspect may have placed explosives in the home,” according to the post. “LKPD obtained a search warrant and called in the Leavenworth Bomb Squad to assist. We also notified administrators at nearby Liberty Memorial Central Middle School during the night as a precaution, but the home was cleared before anyone arrived and there is no risk. The devices found were described by search teams as homemade devices, consistent with larger scale commercial fireworks and were removed.”

“Mr. Reese came to the Lawrence Police Department and is being interviewed by detectives right now,” Laura McCabe, a spokesperson for the department, said in an email update at 11:15 a.m. Monday.

Shortly thereafter, Reese was booked into the Douglas County jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. He was being held without bond Monday afternoon.

Suspects, arrestees and defendants in criminal cases should be presumed not guilty unless and until they are convicted.

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