Thursday, June 16, 2005

Police finish investigation of Moon Bar incident


An investigation report about the fight and stabbing at the Moon Bar that left Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens with a slashed artery was turned over by police to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office this morning.

Giddens was one of five people who went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with knife wounds after the melee about 2:20 a.m. on May 19 outside the Moon Bar, 821 Iowa.

The aggravated battery report involved Giddens and five others. Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said his office will review the report. That will take some time, he said.

Lawrence Police officers interviewed about 30 people during the investigation, Lawrence Police Capt. David Cobb said.

"It's a very extensive report," he said.

More than 100 hours was put into the investigation. The report itself is about an inch to an inch and a half thick, Cobb said.

In addition to information about Giddens, the report also includes information about Jeremiah Creswell, 24, of Olathe; Marcus Knight, 29, of Lawrence; Preston Patterson, 27, of Lawrence; Derrick Newman, 20, of Lawrence; and Brandon Waggoner, 21, of Topeka.

Earlier this week, stemming from an unrelated incident, Creswell was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault in Johnson County magistrate court, which handles domestic violence cases. He allegedly threatened Beverly Creswell, his mother, and Randall Wilson, his uncle, with a kitchen knife.

Creswell and other witnesses have said he was the one who wielded the knife at the Moon Bar.

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