Archive for Thursday, March 5, 2009

Suspect stabs himself after attacks

March 5, 2009

Shawnee Police arrested a Shawnee man the evening of Feb. 24 for attacking three women in a western Shawnee apartment complex.

Police said the man, identified as 24-year-old Jack Holtzen, first attacked a woman in her late 40s around 7 p.m. as she was walking home to her apartment at the Greens of Shawnee complex. The woman said Holtzen came running down the sidewalk and “clothes-lined” her, knocking her down, then dragged her a few feet from the sidewalk and began hitting her in the head, chest and sides.

When the woman screamed for help, police said Holtzen ran away to the building at 6504 Hedge Lane Terrace and crashed through the window of a ground-floor apartment. Inside the apartment, he began choking another woman in her late 40s, threatening to kill her.

Police said Holtzen then left her and went into another room in the apartment, where the woman’s mother was watching her 2-year-old grandson.

Holtzen, police said, began choking the woman’s mother, screaming profanities, before releasing her. He ran outside, where he encountered several neighbors responding to the victims’ cries for help. The neighbors subdued the man and held him for police.

As officers arrived, Holtzen was able to free himself from the neighbors and ran back into the second victim’s apartment, attempting to jump through another window, shattering it. Officers used a Taser in attempt to get the suspect to surrender, but the Taser did not work properly. Holtzen took a shard of glass from the window and began stabbing himself in the chest and neck before officers tackled him and were able to handcuff him.

Officers bandaged Holtzen until an ambulance arrived, and he was taken to an area hospital where he underwent surgery for his self-inflicted stab wounds. None of the victims required medical treatment.

Charges against Holtzen were filed Feb. 25, including three counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of battery, two counts of criminal threat, criminal damage to property, aggravated burglary and burglary of a dwelling. His bond was set at $100,000, and a preliminary hearing was set for March 5.

Holtzen’s defense attorney entered a not guilty plea to all charges in a first appearance hearing Thursday, as he was still in the hospital. A motive for the attack is unknown, though police reported that Holtzen allegedly smoked marijuana prior to the attacks.

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