Kansas City man confronts wrong man, beats him with a pipe over wrongdoing, police say

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LENEXA, Kan. -- A 26-year-old man is charged in Johnson County, Kan., with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and criminal damage after police say he beat another man with a pipe early Wednesday morning.  Police also say it was a case of mistaken identity.

Just before 3 a.m., a Lenexa resident reported that two men were banging on his door in the 7500 block of Long for about 20 minutes.  The victim said he was beaten over the head with a metal pipe. The victim told police the suspect was looking for someone who used to live in the duplex.

When police arrived, the suspect with the pipe took off running, the second man was inside a vehicle.  Shawnee police assisted Lenexa as they set up a perimeter.  A police dog tracked down the suspect who fled, and he was taken into custody.

Police identify him as Derek Decker, 26, of Kansas City, Mo. They say Decker had been drinking heavily when he remembered some alleged wrong committed against him and decided to go confront the offender in person.  That led him to the victim's house, but neither the victim nor the house had anything to do with the alleged wrongdoing, police say.

After hitting the man with the pipe, police say Decker realized it was not the right person against whom he held a grudge, so he fled.

According to police, the victim sustained minor injuries and has damage to his front door.

Decker's bond was set at $50,000. His next court date was scheduled for Aug. 18.