A fight between two men in the Lord’s Diner parking lot Thursday evening left one with a stab wound to the stomach and the other in police custody.
Wichita police Sgt. Ron Hunt said a witness alerted off-duty officers working at the eating establishment, 520 N. Broadway, that the altercation was underway outside at 6:40 p.m. When the officers responded and separated the men, they noticed one, age 38, had been stabbed in the lower left abdomen with a box knife. Emergency crews transported him to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he was undergoing an operation Thursday evening, Hunt said.
The 38-year-old’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Hunt said, adding: “He was alert and conscious at the hospital.”
The other man, in his late 40s, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery, Hunt said. He, too, was taken to the hospital after complaining of injuries from the fight.
Hunt said the older man would be booked into jail after he was cleared for release by medical staff. Authorities recovered the box knife.
The Lord’s Diner offers a free evening meal to anyone who wants one, regardless of income. It is open 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week.