Police search for man accused of attacking another man with saw outside of reStart shelter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are searching for a man who used a saw to attack a homeless man Monday morning. It happened outside the reStart shelter near downtown.

Witnesses say just before 8 a.m., two clients of reStart left the shelter.

Once outside, the two men were approached by the suspect, who asked them for a cigarette. When the two refused, the suspect asked if they believed in God and pulled out what police describe as a saw used for cutting wood. The man attacked one of the reStart residents with it.

Witnesses say the victim suffered cuts and a gash to his face.

“He had a deep cut on his eye,” said Joseph Willard, a reStart worker. “He was bleeding. We ended up calling 911 for him. There was a whole lot of blood. A little bit out here, but a whole bunch of it inside the lobby and everything.”

The other reStart client picked up a brick and threw it at the saw-wielding attacker. The suspect ran through Kemp Park across the street. Police searched for the man and the saw, but have not found either.

Police describe the attacker as a dark-skinned black man about 60-years old. Witnesses say the victim was younger, in his late 30s or 40s. Police who are familiar with Kemp Park say this is not the first unusual incident there.

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