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Arrests made in Friday attack, robbery

7/3/2012

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

A Colorado man remains hospitalized for minor injuries and evaluation after he allegedly attacked two Hays police officers -- one at a motel and the second at the hospital after his initial arrest.

In an unrelated incident, two men -- one from Russell and a second from Phillipsburg -- remain in the Ellis County jail in connection with a robbery. One of the men also is named in an arrest warrant out of Douglas County on a similar charge.

Both incidents were reported Friday, according to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler.

The altercation involving the Colorado man first was reported at about 10:45 p.m. Friday, when they were notified of a man trying to fight with guests at Motel 6, 3404 Vine.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, Scheibler said, the man attacked the officer, struggling to obtain control of the officer's handgun.

When a second officer arrived, the man, identified as Michael Ludwik, 32, Wood Hills, Colo., ultimately was subdued with a Taser.

He subsequently was arrested on a single count of battery on a law enforcement officer.

The officers suffered only minor injuries while Luwik suffered facial lacerations when he and the officer were on the ground.

Ludwik was taken to Hays Medical Center for treatment and evaluation, but he tried to leave the emergency room, attacking yet another officer.

"We're not sure if this is a drug-induced problem or a mental health issue," Scheibler said.

Although unrelated, a robbery also was reported during the early morning hours Friday when a Hays man was called out into the front yard of his residence in the 300 block of West Ninth.

When he went out, two men jumped him, and he reported his wallet with $250 in it was taken.

He identified his assailants as Joshua A. Smith, Russell, and Brenon L. Johnson, Phillipsburg.

Smith was named in an arrest warrant out of Douglas County on charges of aggravated robbery and battery from in incident on May 13.

Scheibler said he is charged in Douglas County with an incident similar to what happened in Hays.

Because a weapon was involved in the Douglas County case, additional officers were brought in to locate the two men, who were eventually found at a residence in the 200 block of East 15th.

Johnson surrendered to police without incident, but Smith didn't surrender until moments after Scheibler told dispatchers to summon the Special Situation Response Team.

They were both finally taken into custody about 5 p.m. Friday.

They remain in the Ellis County jail.

Scheibler said police also arrested Andrew P. Smith, 31, on a charge of arson in connection with a fire in the 700 block of East Sixth. A vehicle sustained damage as did a home it was parked next to.

Smith remains in the Ellis County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.