Parsons police investigated a bleeding man armed with a knife early Sunday and eventually arrested him on suspicion of vehicle theft. He’s also a suspect in a number of vehicle burglaries.

At 4:23 a.m. Sunday police responded to a call about a man bleeding and armed with a knife in the 1500 block of Corning. When officers arrived, the man, Nick Gaskins, 31, of Parsons was no longer around. Witnesses said Gaskins may be armed with a gun.

During the investigation police discovered Gaskins had become upset and damaged a vehicle and injured his hands in the process, causing the bleeding that was reported. Gaskins took off on foot after giving a knife and gun to his sister, police said in a prepared release Monday.

Gaskins was reportedly under the influence and upset. Officers began getting reports of Gaskins being in the park and in other areas of town. Police then received a report that a Chevrolet El Camino was driving erratically on 16th Street heading toward Walmart. Officer Kyle Shields found the vehicle, which had been stolen, and Gaskins at Walmart allegedly harassing the original victims from the damaged vehicle. The El Camino was stolen from the 2200 block of Clark and it had substantial damage to it.  

Police arrested an unarmed Gaskins on a Parsons municipal warrant and he is being held on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal damage, reckless driving and driving with no valid driver’s license. Gaskins is also the primary suspect in multiple vehicle burglaries and attempted vehicle burglaries throughout the area. Police collected evidence at the scenes of the burglary cases and this is being sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. 

“This case was closed through good hard police work and citizens reporting suspicious activity,” Police Chief Robert Spinks said in a prepared statement. “I have no doubt that this investigation will end in a conviction. We will investigate, arrest and charge you if you harass the good community of Parsons.”

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” Anyone with further information on this incident or any other criminal activity can contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the tip line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.

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