Cave dweller accused of slicing girlfriend with box cutter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  Police say a 51-year-old man beat his 45-year-old girlfriend to unconsciousness and sliced her face with a box cutter in an underground cave the two were staying in.

It happened around 9:30 Tuesday night at the Interstate Underground Warehouse & Storage on East 23rd Street. The warehouse manager, Dennis Speer, told FOX 4 the suspect rents this particular "cave" as a storage unit for his moving company.

Speer said the man is known to keep odd hours at the converted limestone mine, but says the man isn't supposed to be living inside.

"It's just plywood walls and a rock ceiling and an asphalt floor," Speer said.

The man's girlfriend told police he was living there and on Tuesday night after an evening of drinking inside the space, the victim told police things turned violent.

According to the police report, the man left to get drugs and when he returned he became belligerent punching, kicking and slicing her with a box cutter. Police say the woman had a six-inch cut on her face and possible fractures in her arm and legs.

Police were called to the scene by the warehouse guard who saw the beaten and bloodied victim try to walk by unnoticed, according to Speer.

"I understand she went from here down, you saw where the guard station was right there where we came in, and he caught her and of course her first instinct was, please don't call the police. She was injured. He said, 'no, we're going to get a hold of somebody because you're pretty gruesome,'" Speer said.

Police were unable to find the suspect Tuesday night and as of Wednesday he had not been charged.

"I don't like it happening at all, I mean I've got daughters, I've got sisters, I've got a wife, you know, that kind of thing irritates me," Speer said.

He also said the suspect might have slept in his unit from time-to-time, but if he was living here it's news to him.

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