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July 30, 2012

Woman, man stabbed while interrupting burglary

A Joplin woman, who confronted a burglar trying to break into an apartment in her building, got punched in the face and stabbed in her leg with a butcher knife, and a man who came to her defense met a similar fate, according to police.

Cpl. Chuck Niess said Joplin officers were called at 8:05 p.m. Friday to 1615 S. Pearl Ave. regarding the stabbing of a man and woman.

Niess said Dana T. Townsend, 31, and Michael Johnson, age not available, were taken to Freeman Hospital West with stab wounds that ultimately proved not to be life-threatening, although they were described as deep cuts to Townsend’s thigh, and to Johnson’s shoulder and back.

A suspect, Kennes L. Scaife, 40, subsequently was located by police in the 1800 block of South Sergeant Avenue and was taken into custody. Scaife has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

A probable-cause affidavit that became available in Jasper County Circuit Court on Monday states that Townsend interrupted a man in the act of prying open the door to an apartment in her building with a crowbar. He turned on her and punched her in the face before stabbing her in the thigh with a butcher knife with an 8-inch blade, the affidavit alleges.

Johnson came upon the assault in progress and tried to intervene, according to the affidavit. The man struck Johnson in the face with the crowbar before stabbing him in the shoulder and back. Johnson also suffered a cut on his finger, according to a police report.

 

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