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Stabbed in February,
assaulted in July

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

A Platte City woman who was stabbed in February was assaulted outside the same home on Sunday.

According to a police report, the assault occurred at the same home along Gates Drive West as a previous stabbing in February.

The assault occurred around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 5 outside of the residence.

According to Richard Sayles, police chief, there was an assault in progress when officers arrived. Colton Carlson, 19, of Kansas City, was arrested for allegedly assaulting two people and was given a bond amount of $250. Carlson was also given a breathalyzer test and showed a blood alcohol content of .148.

According to Sayles, the victims were Alyssa Taylor, 19, of Platte City, and Sarah Muntean, 19, of Kansas City.

Sayles said Taylor was pushed to the floor and Carlson tried to bite her finger. Muntean was pushed down and also punched in the face.

During the previous incident in February, Taylor was stabbed in the abdomen and was taken to the hospital with a punctured liver.

The previous dispute started when James S. Harris, 18, of North Kansas City, was accused of stealing an Xbox video game system. Harris allegedly stabbed Taylor three times and also cut Kyle Williams, 20, of North Kansas City.

After the stabbing, Harris was subdued by other people at the home resulting in serious head injuries for Harris.

The Xbox was later found by police in the truck of Harris' vehicle.

Harris was 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.

Carlson was still listed as being held in the Platte County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon. Harris has been at the Platte County Detention Center since February 23, 2009.

A hearing for Harris is scheduled for July 16, to determine whether bond should be reduced.



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