Man injured in stabbing in North Lawrence; suspect charged with attempted murder

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Post updated at 9:02 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11:

A man was injured in a stabbing early Friday morning in North Lawrence, according to police.

The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. Friday in the 500 block of North Second Street, Lawrence police wrote in a Facebook post.

Police believe the man was walking from his campsite to a gas station when he was approached from behind “in an unprovoked attack.”

“Witnesses near North 2nd and Locust called 911 after hearing the victim yelling for help while holding his neck,” according to the post. “Responding officers were able to get some information from the victim before Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical transported him to the hospital.”

Officers interviewed residents in the area, “to include the nearby camps,” according to the post.

The man was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover, according to police.

Police located a suspect within about an hour, according to the post.

Tristen Hollins, 41, of Lawrence, was taken into custody and booked into the Douglas County jail early Friday, jail records show.

Hollins was formally charged Friday afternoon with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly attempting to stab the man “in the neck with a dangerous knife,” court records show. The charge is a level-1, or high-severity, felony.

The judge set Hollins’ bond at $1 million cash or surety, according to jail records. That means he would likely have to pay a bondsman $100,000 to be released pending trial. His next court appearance is a status conference set for Tuesday morning.

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

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