Police: Kansas man arrested for trying to kill 2 women, teenager

By: KAKE News Email
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NEWTON, Kan. -- A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly stabbing three people inside a Newton home over the weekend.

It happened Saturday evening in Newton. Police say it started as a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. During the dispute the woman left with her two boys, ages 13 and 14, to go to her friend's house in the 100 block of SE 5th Street.

Police say the suspect, 44-year-old Martin Luther King Smith, showed up at the friend's house about 15 minutes later, kicked in the door and began stabbing everyone inside.

Officers got the report of the stabbing just after 6 p.m. When they arrived, they found three people suffering from stab wounds: two women and one of the teenage boys. The other boy suffered cuts while trying to escape the house.

Several minutes later, Smith reportedly went to the jail to turn himself in. When officers arrived, police say Smith punched one of them and had to be Tased. Police believe he was drunk.

He was booked into the Harvey County Detention Center around 6:40 p.m. for three counts of attempted murder, aggravated burglary, felony obstruction, battery of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, criminal threat and aggravated endangerment of a child. Bond has not been set.

He has not yet been formally charged.

Three of the victims have since been treated and released, but one was taken to a Wichita hospital for further care.

One of the victims, Smith's girlfriend, spoke to KAKE News Monday.

"The stitches may come out in a week and the staples may come out in a week but the emotional (pain) will be there for a long time," she said.

She says it all happened very fast and she's still trying to piece the attack together in her mind.

"I guess I'm still in shock that it happened," she said. "He was there to kill me."

She says earlier in the evening, they had been at a family fish fry at her home. She says she and her boyfriend had a small argument after he yelled at her son. She says she decided to take the boys to her friend's house for the evening.

"It was nothing that this should have been the result of," she said. "It wasn't a fear that I had of him. It wasn't something I would have expected from him."

She says as she waits for Smith to be formally charged, she can't stop thinking of how thankful she is to be alive.

"We could have all laid there and bled out and not been able to get help," she said. "We are blessed and lucky. God was watching us that night and saved us."

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