Store clerk calls police after woman stabbed, kidnapped

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Arkansas City Police arrested a 35-year-old man for attempted murder.

Mugshot of Billy Eugene Massey from a previous conviction. Photo taken in 2011 by Kansas Department of Corrections.

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Kansas man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a woman and held her against her will.

The 44-year-old victim told police that on Thursday, an acquaintance had been at her home in the 1000 block of South 3rd Street in Arkansas City. When she asked him to leave, she said he became angry, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her.

Over the next few hours, she said the man restrained her and wouldn't let her leave the house. At one point he reportedly choked her.

She was eventually able to convince him to take her to a convenience store for more cigarettes. He took her to the 7 Clans-Otoe Tribe convenience store just across the state line in Kay County, Oklahoma around 7 p.m. last night.

At the counter, she was able to get a message to the store clerk that she needed help. She went to the store's restroom while the clerk called police.

The suspect stepped outside and nearby casino security arrived. When they wouldn't let him back into the store, he walked away.

Police and EMS arrived at the store, and the woman was treated for stab wounds to the hand, chest and left side of her torso. Family members later took her to an area hospital, and she has since been treated and released.

Officers soon located the suspect walking along railroad tracks and took him into custody. Billy Eugene Massey, 35, of Arkansas City was booked for attempted second degree murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping and criminal threat. He's being held on a $200,000 bond.

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