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Saturday, August 1, 2015

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Man attacks neighbors with ax in Shawnee neighborhood

Posted: August 1, 2015 - 4:01pm
Updated: August 3, 2015 - 2:17pm

Anthony M. Townsend, 28
Johnson County Sheriff's Office booking photo
A Shawnee man who allegedly attacked his neighbors with an ax on Saturday, now faces three felony charges.

Anthony Townsend, 28, has been charged in Johnson County District Court with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated burglary. Townsend allegedly broke into the house with the intent to commit a felony, according to court documents. He appeared in custody for his first court appearance Monday where his bond was set at $250,000.

Shawnee Police are investigating after a man allegedly attacked his neighbors with an ax.

In a news release Sergeant Kerri Hall says officers were dispatched on an armed disturbance in the 6400 block of Noreston Street at 11:35 a.m.

"Upon arrival of the first officer, the suspect was seen going from the neighbor/victim's house back to his house," says Sgt. Hall. "He was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center."

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Police, Fire, & Med-Act at the scene
Operation 100 News arrived on scene just before 12 p.m.
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Scanner traffic from officers at the scene indicated that officers used a Taser to subdue the suspect.

By 12:08 p.m. police had blocked off the cul-de-sac
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The response to the scene included a Shawnee Fire engine and Battalion Chief along with two ambulances and a Battalion Chief from Johnson County Med-Act.

According to Sgt. Hall, "two adult victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment and are in stable condition."

Scanner traffic indicated that one of the victims was seriously injured, another had only minor injuries.

Johnson County Med-Act evaluated the suspect at the scene and determined that he was not injured by the Taser.

Sgt. Hall says officers are holding the crime scene as the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit processes evidence.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, has been booked into the Johnson County Jail, where he faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Operation 100 News is not releasing his name until charges are filed.

Neighbors stood in the street trying to see what was going on
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Two Johnson County Crime Scene Technicians begin to process the scene
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