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Man suspected of Sunday night stabbing, planting explosive devices in Lawrence home turns self in

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Posted at 8:09 AM, May 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-22 12:51:24-04

UPDATE, 11:52 a.m. | Sean Martin Reese, a suspect who investigators believe stabbed a woman Sunday night and placed explosive devices in a Lawrence home, came to the Lawrence Police Department Monday morning and is currently being interviewed by detectives.

ORIGINAL STORY | The Lawrence Police Department is searching for a suspect who investigators believe stabbed a woman Sunday night and placed explosive devices in a home.

An investigation from LKPD identified Sean Martin Reese as the suspect in the stabbing.

Officers responded to a reported stabbing at around 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Street in Lawrence. Upon arrival, police found a woman with multiple stab wounds. She was transported to a trauma center.

As the investigation was underway, police learned that Reese may have planted explosive devices in the home. LKPD received a search warrant and, with assistance from the Leavenworth Bomb Squad, searched the home.

Police also notified Liberty Memorial Central Middle School administrators of the threat as a precaution.

Home-made devices, that police said are consistent with large-scale commercial fireworks, were located and removed from the home. The devices were cleared before anybody arrived and did not pose a threat.

Police say Reese is not in custody.

He is described as a 5 foot, 9 inch-tall male who weighs 215 pounds and has brown hair, hazel eyes and prescription glasses.

Anyone with information on Reese's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 785-843-TIPS.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at

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