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by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Two people were taken to the hospital early Sunday morning after a disturbance in Platte City.

The incident started at 1820 Gates Drive West around 2:10 a.m. on Sunday.

According to Richard Sayles, police chief, officers responding to the scene found nine people outside of the home. Two people had been stabbed and one had been beaten.

Officers determined a disturbance had begun inside of the home, before moving outside to the front lawn. The disturbance allegedly began because of accusations of theft of an Xbox video game system.

James S. Harris, 18, was accused of stealing the Xbox from the home. According to Sayles, Harris had the Xbox and took the system outside causing the other people to follow. The Xbox was later found in the trunk of Harris' vehicle.

According to information from Sayles, while in the front yard, Harris, of North Kansas City, allegedly stabbed Alyssa Taylor, 19, of Platte City, three times. Harris also allegedly assaulted Kyle Williams, 20, of North Kansas City, resulting in a knife wound on Williams' hand.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said the stabbing occurred after Taylor and Harris began arguing about the stolen Xbox. Williams attempted to intervene in the argument when he was stabbed in the hand.

After the knife attacks, the other people at the home then attempted to subdue Harris, resulting in serious head injuries to the suspect. Harris was found lying face down on the sidewalk outside of the home.

Harris and Taylor were transported to local hospitals to receive treatment. Williams refused treatment at the scene.

Taylor underwent surgery at the hospital to repair a puncture to her liver sustained during the altercation.

Harris has been charged with one count of first degree assault, one count of second degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, and one count of stealing. His bond was set at $150,000, cash only.

Harris was treated at the hospital and then taken to the Platte County Detention Center on Monday, Feb. 23. He was still being held in the jail on Tuesday morning.



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