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Two transients attacked on Indian Creek Trail in less than a week

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For the second time in less than a week, violence near a popular walking trail in south Kansas City has sent someone to the hospital. (Lisa D'Souza/KCTV5 News) For the second time in less than a week, violence near a popular walking trail in south Kansas City has sent someone to the hospital. (Lisa D'Souza/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

For the second time in less than a week, violence near a popular walking trail in south Kansas City has sent someone to the hospital.

Both attacks took place near the Indian Creek walking trail and involved homeless people living in some nearby woods.

Neighbors are concerned about the violence.

Neighbors say a homeless camp has cropped up near 103rd Street and Wornall Road. Now, the city is taking steps to address it and make the trail safer for everyone.

About seven transients have been living by the bridge near the Indian Creek Trail the past few months, according to neighbors.

In less than a week, two have been attacked, police say.

"It's a little bit scary,” neighbor Jake O'Leary said.

O'Leary lives near the trail and runs on it every day. He was shocked when a homeless man was critically hurt after her was stabbed last Saturday. The victim stumbled to the QuikTrip off of 103rd Street for help.

O'Leary is more stunned still after learning a homeless woman was also stabbed in the same area shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"Whenever I've walked down there I've never had any trouble with them,” O'Leary said.

Police believe Wednesday morning's violence stemmed from an argument. The victim's injuries are minor, but no arrests have been made in either case.

"This has been a fairly new spot that has been set up,” Kansas City senior park planner Richard Allen said.

Meantime, Allen is working with police to keep parks safe and reroute homeless people to shelters instead.

"We'll work with the police department and try to do some added patrols and security in the area,” he said.

Wooded areas, like the Indian Creek walking trail, are serene and unfortunately cause for concern when violence is reported.

Allen said park trails are specifically designed to give bikers and walkers a large view of their surroundings often with markers nearby.

"We have addresses on the trail that identify especially where people are located,” he said.

While police investigate, neighbors, like O'Leary, hope the popular trail can be a haven for those that use it.

Police say they have since upped patrols in this area and that includes officers on ATVs. Detectives are still talking with witnesses to try and identify a suspect.

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