February 25, 2008

James Johnson stabbed during fight

Former Kansas State running back James Johnson was stabbed multiple times and current senior linebacker Chris Patterson was cut once when a verbal exchange in the parking lot of a Manhattan establishment early Sunday morning erupted into a fight less than an hour later outside Patterson's residence, a Riley County Police Department spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Lt. Kurt Moldrup said no arrests have been made but that the investigation is ongoing as detectives seek to identify other individuals involved in the incident that began with words outside Misty's Bar and Grill, located in the Westloop shopping center, at around 2 a.m. Sunday and resulted in three injured individuals by the time officers arrived at Patterson's residence nearly 45 minutes later.

Moldrup said officers arrived in the parking lot outside the restaurant shortly after 2 a.m. when the 23-year-old Johnson and 26-year-old Aaron Wallace of Kansas City, Kan., were involved in a verbal exchange. Officers ordered everyone to leave the area, but Moldrup said the exchange between Johnson and Wallace continued later outside Patterson's front yard, a fight ensued between the two men.

"During the fight, Mr. Johnson was stabbed five times basically in the torso area, lower back and under his left arm," Moldrup said. "They weren't deep penetrations but they were cuts. Patterson tried to breakup the fight and was cut by the knife. (Anderson) was then attacked by Johnson's friends, who kicked him about the head and face numerous times until he lost consciousness. He was then dragged away by friends."

Johnson had either driven or was taken by a friend to Mercy Regional Health Center by the time officers arrived shortly after 2:45 a.m., Moldrup said. Anderson did not receive treatment until officers located him later on Sunday, at which time a friend transported Wallace to Mercy for facial injuries.

Officers listed Johnson, Patterson and Wallace all as victims of aggravated battery.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Johnson expressed interest in pursuing a pro football career after he led K-State with 1,106 yards on 174 carries and scored 12 touchdowns this past fall as a senior. Johnson, a second-team All-Big 12 selection and native of Port Arthur, Texas, still resides in Manhattan after he became the fastest player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season behind 6.4 yards per carry.

Patterson, at 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, is expected to compete for a starting spot at outside linebacker as a senior this spring. Patterson recorded 18 total tackles and appeared in 12 games a year ago.

"It's still under investigation as to who else was involved and it's yet to be determined whether any arrests will be forthcoming," Moldrup said. "We're just waiting for the investigation to be complete."

K-State sports information director Kenny Lannou said there would be no comment on the incident as the case remains under investigation.

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