GLADSTONE, Mo. — AT&T worker Kevin Mashburn, 58, was found murdered early Wednesday morning inside his AT&T Utility truck parked in a yard in the 2700 block of 57th Terrace. He had been severely beaten in the head, apparently with a crow bar.
After he was beaten, Mashburn sent text messages, asking someone at AT&T dispatch to send an ambulance to help him.
According to the probable cause statement, Mashburn sent his first message at 2:52 a.m. Below is the conversation Mashburn had in mobile device text messages with two different people while he waited for help to come:
Kevin (2:52:24 a.m) Amanda I NEEDE YOU TO CALL ME AN AMBULANCE
Kevin (2:52:37) I HAVE BEEN ATTACKED
Kevin (2:52:57) HELP ME PLEASE
Kevin (2:53:32) I am in Gladstone, MO AT THE KENDALLWAOOD APAT. COMPLEX OFF ANTIOCH
Kevin (2:54:01) DOYOU READ ME?
About 15 minutes later Amanda received Mashburn’s message.
Amanda (3:11:20) I got it.
While he waited for the dispatcher to respond, Mashburn also instant messaged another:
Kevin (2:55:13) GRACIE ARE YOU THERE?
Gracie (3:11:06) I’M HERE NOW
Gracie (3:11:11) I WAS IN A MEETING
Kevin (3:20:10) need police
Gracie (3:20:43) THEY HAVE BEEN CALLED.. AND SO HAS STRICKLEN
Kevin (3:20:47) hurry
Gracie (3:21:14) THEY ARE EN ROUTE
Kevin (3:21:07) ok
Kevin (3:21:14) ok
Gracie (3:21:21) STRICKLEN ALSO EN ROUTE
Kevin (3:21:38) ok
Kevin (3:24:03) was attacked wiyh a flat crowbar
Gracie (3:24:40) we are praying
Gracie (3:25:08) you hurt bad?
Kevin (3:25:12) yes
Kevin (3:25:37) head split open
Gracie (3:26:15) stricklin on line.. can you give us an exact location we have the address
Gracie (3:26:21) he is trying to find you
Gracie (3:26:45 he is trying to find you
Kevin (3:26:45) near crossbox. Beacon and flasher are on
Kevin (3:27:25) I can sound horn
Gracie (3:29:10) yes
Gracie (3:29:10) us are on kendallwood
Kevin (3:30:44) yes
Gracie (3:32:10) are you near a business… can not hear you horn but keep sounding
Police found Mashburn at about 3:40 a.m., but he was not breathing and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police have arrested a suspect, Bryan Middlemas, of Kansas City, Mo., and prosecutors charged him with first degree murder.
Police say a former cellmate of Middlemas’ told police that Middlemas called him for a ride after the murder and told his friend that he had beaten Mashburn when he wouldn’t turn over his wallet.
Mashburn was a grandfather, a father, a husband, and friend to many.