LENEXA, Kan. -- A man assaulted three kids Monday morning at a Lenexa park, and while police apprehended him, the man first tried to escape.
Another man working in the area shot video on his cell phone and shared it with FOX 4. Watch the video in the player above to see the suspect fleeing from police. You can hear police tell the suspect to stop, but the suspect continues to run away.
The man who shot the video said it appears the suspect was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or suffered from a mental ailment.
"I give the police so much credit for the way they handled this. It could have escalated and it could have been someone that lost their life," said Rhonda Sandberg, a witness.
The children, all under the age of eight, suffered cuts and scrapes and bruises even as they tried to cover themselves from his blows while out on a field trip with their daycare at Electric Park at 95th and Loiret.
"I was out in the back walking my dogs and I heard a commotion out here and I heard a couple of pops. I don't know what that was for sure, but I looked around and saw a man on the ground," said Sandberg.
Police said they're also investigating reports that the suspect was running down streets near the park waving a gun and throwing rocks at cars.
"I saw them pick something off the ground and it looked like a gun and they held him down on the ground and he was yelling things," said Sandberg.
Another witness says a car parked across the street from her home had its windows smashed.
"He was screaming at the police and he was screaming at God," said Mindy Lee, another witness. "He was also saying don't kill me, don't kill me. So I think he started to come to and snap out of it a little bit once they calmed him down."