Texting leads to swordfight
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Texting leads to swordfight
Published: Thursday, December 31, 2009 3:53 PM CST
Beloit Daily News
*By Hilary Dickinson
A domestic abuse incident turned into a swordfight --- reminiscent of a
movie scene from "Crocodile Dundee" --- Wednesday afternoon in a Park
Lester Burks, 33, pulled out a sword and engaged in a match with his
girlfriend and mother of two children, Yvone Coleman, 31, who had
grabbed a knife, according to police reports.
The sword, outfitted with an 11 3/4 inch blade and 6 1/2 inch handle,
led to nine stitches on Coleman's left forearm and the arrest of Burks
on the felony charge of substantial battery.
In the Dundee movie, the lead character is confronted by a man waving a
knife. Dundee takes out his own, much-larger knife.
Suspicious text messages reportedly led to this incident that took place
at about 2 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in the 900 block of
Park Avenue, which also happened to be the site of a large-scale drug
raid three months ago.
Coleman reportedly discovered text messages from other women, possibly
female clients of Burks, who cuts hair for a living. Burks told police
Coleman confronted him with a knife when he got out of the shower.
He continued to say she threatened to cut him, and they wrestled over
the knife thereby cutting her accidentally in the process.
According to police reports, Burks later changed the story by saying he
armed himself with a sword.
Afterwards, Burks fled the scene on foot where he was apprehended by
Officer Bao Bui who responded to Coleman's 911 call, in which she had
reported that she had been stabbed.
Bui found Burks less than a block from the incident, asked if he was
Lester Burks, and Burks answered, "Yes." Burks was also discovered with
fresh red scratches on both sides of his face.
Bui took Burks into custody, and Bui wrote in his report that he heard
Burks uttering in the backseat of the squad car that he fought with his
girlfriend over a knife.
He was transported to the Rock County Jail where he is awaiting his
Meanwhile, officers responded to Coleman where they found her with a
shirt wrapped around her left forearm. A deep cut was discovered from
the left forearm down to the wrist.
Coleman told police they argued over text messages he had been
receiving, and then Burks grabbed a sword in the living room and swung
it at her, cutting her arm in the process.
She also told police Burks punched her twice on her left cheek, and she
struck him once on his face and kicked him in the stomach. She was found
with a swollen left cheek and a mark on her neck.
Coleman was transported to the emergency room of Beloit Memorial
Hospital where she was treated and released.
The sword, which had brownish red coloration on it, was taken into
evidence, and Child Protective Services was contacted because the
couple's two young children were in the residence at the time.
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