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St. Louis man charged in early Saturday stabbing at Arena Building

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Anwar Douglas
A St. Louis man has been charged with second-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a stabbing at the Arena Building.

Cape Girardeau police responded to a 911 call at 1:12 a.m. Saturday about a stabbing and riot underway at the Arena Building, according to police reports.

When officers arrived, they saw about 100 people running from the building and found another 200 to 300 people inside yelling and screaming, according to a written report by Sgt. Rodney Barker. The building was rented for the evening by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University.

Anwar M. Douglas, 21, of St. Louis is in custody, and his bond has been set at $50,000 by Associate Circuit Judge Peter L. Statler.

According to the arrest warrant, Douglas stabbed Joshua A. Martin-Johnson with a pocketknife.

Patrolman Shaun Smelser arrived to find Martin-Johnson stabbed in the left side of his abdomen.

The victim was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center, where it was determined he would need surgery, Smelser wrote in the statement. Police saw blood on Douglas' shirt and a cut on his left hand, according to the statement.

Martin-Johnson told police his brother, Rico Martin, was having problems with Douglas.

Douglas approached him and struck him in the stomach, then dropped the knife, Martin-Johnson told police.

Officers recovered a knife with blood on it matching Martin-Johnson's description of the weapon in the building.



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410 Kiwanis Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO

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"Cape Girardeau Police responded to a report of a stabbing and riot at Arena Park 1:12 a.m.

Riot! not too sure what that means. Did we have another Bloomfield and Hanover incident at Arena?

Geez, I do have to wonder if there is a connection. Seems the article did not explain why the word "riot" was used by the individual who reported this to the police.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 1:49 PM

What kind of event was going on when this happened? Just curious.

-- Posted by pattim on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 3:22 PM

If you all think this is getting bad , wait until the boats get put in Cape. Looks and sounds like St. Louis to me more everyday. Drive by shootings, stabbings, robbing, Killing,drugs and more.

When the boats come up for vote we all better get out and vote it down . The people that like to gamble go out of town to do it , we don't mind the gambling that is your business, just do it some where else. Sounds like we have some unrest going on in cape about something? Riot? maybe we haven't gotten the full story here ? If this happened in southern Ill. it would sure be plastered all over everything for days.

-- Posted by monk on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 3:37 PM

we are not even close to getting a boat. how can you say this is because of it? i think what this comes down to is just stupid people getting into stupid fights. i don't see how a boat would make this worse or have anything to do with what happen.

-- Posted by undertow666 on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 4:45 PM

I don't see the connection between this incident and a casino coming to Cape. How many frat parties are held in a casino? What have the drive by shootings, robbing, killing and drugs have to do with a casino? Since these things are already happening and Cape doesn't have a casino how can you blame these incidents on a casino?

-- Posted by Impossiblemom on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 4:45 PM

What kind of pretzel logic you using there Monk?I guess the stabbing is related to the waterpark too?

-- Posted by Chickenlips on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 4:54 PM

Did the S. Hanover and Bloomfield brawl from the other night flow over to the arena building. I hope Cape is not becoming a South Central LA.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 6:19 PM

This cracks me up- for reasons that don't have to be said.

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 6:35 PM

This is a VERY common occurrence when the black frats have a party or dance. I know everyone is going to make race comments, but it is the truth. Check with University officals and see if that is true. Fights and assaults are the norm at these parties.

As far as a riot, I would say that 100 people running and 200 more people yelling and screaming inside a building would be consider riot conditions. I am sure that they were not yelling about how good the party was and how much fun they were having.

-- Posted by cartman on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 7:04 PM

Was this a hate crime?

-- Posted by thekid on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 7:08 PM

Who's censoring this forum?

-- Posted by girardeaud on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 7:49 PM

Well it wasn't a love crime...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 8:12 PM

Did the police break out the "riot guns"? Hmm...doesn't sound like a riot tho. If you get a bunch of young people drinking and there are young men and women present, likely there will be a fight....black or white. I've noticed when kids drink, the boys get jealous of one another and "show off"....fights break out more often in a mixed male and female party... It doesn't matter if the kids are black or white. I can't even imagine why ppl want to "beat the drum" re the proposed casino over this incident. Everything that happens lately seems like a good excuse for some to drag out the casino issue. Don't the casino's usually have a little security out in their parking lots?????

-- Posted by mammidam on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 8:19 PM

BOOZE was the ringleader of this party. Put the blame where it belongs, on MR BOOZE!!

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 9:48 PM

Monk, you're an idiot.

mo_ky_fellow, you're story grows tiresome.

1:12 am!? Must have been the "player's ball".

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, May 8, 2010, at 11:10 PM

Someone said it before - I'll say it again:

Maybe this happened because we DIDN'T have a casino?

Why - becaue casino tax revenue will help smart city leaders grow their community and help make it safer for homeowners to live here.

-- Posted by NotTheMissourian on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 4:16 AM

So casinos cause crime? I understand that Las Vegas is one of the safest places in the country to walk around with cash without fear of getting robbed. Security is extremely well run with monitors everywhere. Casino operators support this high level of security to protect the reputation of Vegas. If an operator did invest in Cape, they wouldn't allow a few punks to run them out. Even the dumbest of small time crooks will quickly learn that you don't prey on the casino's customers.

-- Posted by thewonder on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 6:20 AM

Cartman and Gma, way to lead the bigot train. Wow!

-- Posted by concerned_voter on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 8:03 AM

Appears that Cape needs a armored riot vehicle. This could become a repetitive thing and we NEED an armored riot vehicle that they could use to investigate bombs, riots and the likes. Federal government has a grant program that they can give 250K just for that that is part of the Recovery Act!! Check it out Cape PD...you really need one!!!

-- Posted by mohacker on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 9:54 AM

I work at Semo, and I can tell you part of the problem. A lot of frats are turning into thugs, as are a lot of the athletes (not all, but a lot). The faculty advisers and coaches don't oversee anything. It's evident daily on campus.

-- Posted by SemoFabulous on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 10:16 AM

@Cartman...I would like to know where you are getting your facts from? I am a former student at SEMO and have attended several frat parties and this isn't a common thing at all. Rarely are there fights on/off campus involving SEMO students. In the past yes there were several fights, but that has stopped in recent years.

Please get your facts straight before you make racist comments like your previous one.

-- Posted by cowboys22 on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 12:20 PM

SemoFabulous..I would like to know what position you hold at the university because it is clear you have know idea what you are talking about.

-- Posted by cowboys22 on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 12:26 PM

Look up 'riot' in the "Funk and Wagonal's" and you'll see that this disturbance classifies perfectly. A riot does not have to be racially motivated.

-- Posted by malan on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 1:03 PM

cowboy22, please tell me ANY OTHER party that involves the university where police officers have to be stationed outside the event, except for the black frat parties or dances. Sure fights happen at other parties, but not on a regular time table like at the dances and other events.

Just ask any of the police officers that work in the area and they will tell you the same thing.

As far as racism, lets see.....how many other frat parties are broken up because of a riot or someone stabbing another guest?? You figure it out. THUG LIFE!!

-- Posted by cartman on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 4:26 PM

mohacker: I agree with you if these type of situations continues Cape Police need to look in to obtaining an armoured vehicle fully equipped. They could roll this thing out when these "thugs" decide to start fighting, shooting and stabbing. I garantee you the "street mob" would clear out real quick when they seen this thing coming down the street.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 5:05 PM

I would be surprised if this fraternity keeps it's charter after this incident... Alpha Phi Alpha has an excellent reputation, I cannot believe their national organization would condone this behavior...

-- Posted by eileen113 on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 5:16 PM

Being a student of SEMO, I believe a lot of the things being said here are ridiculous. Not to ridicule anyone's opinion because you are entitled to that. There are security and police at these events and rarely does a fight break out. Especially to this magnitude. And organizations are not "thugs" or whatever you want to call them. In terms of athletes, what happens when the bad apples of the teams, especially the football team, bullies the students and beat them up but nothing happens to them? This was not a riot but just an occurrence of people not students of SEMO causing issues at yet another SEMO event. Before people start talking about something that is over exaggerated in a story, they may want to sit down and think about what may have happened instead of calling organizations thugs, or blaming it on a casino. Realize that things like this happen in towns smaller than this one and you will never hear about it because of certain reasons.

-- Posted by SEMOStudent5 on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 5:26 PM

wow its so interesting that so many people are making comments about what happened and not one person was there. its also funny how the journalist that wrote the article used a world that "riot" and trust me it wasn't. It was two people fighting! if thats the case there is a riot in cape every weekend... just go downtown and see it for yourself. as a student of semo that was actually at the event i can honestly say this frat did nothing wrong. the person that got stabbed, and the person who stabbed him had a long running fued that wasn't brought to the attention of the group untill after the fact. If that is the case every bar that has a fight would be held responsible for every fight or altercation that takes place on the property. Another fact: the article doesn't mention that this took place after the event was over and when people were leaving. so i guess when a group of black people are on their way home there must be running from something.... and i promise you if this was a white frat event the world thug woudln't have been used. As a student of this university for 4 years i have seen and heard of many other incidents happen with other white Frats (underage drinking, fighting, Rape, and drugs)and none of this stuff ever get reported in the paper and if it does its written as a person not a group or a certain race... but like i said im not suprised seeing that we are in cape girardeau and this is common practice in this city. The fact of the matter is that this is a result of one person being ignorant and now you wanna pin it on a group of people. Don't listen to CARTMAN he has no idea what the hell he talking about..... if this is the case every white event that goes on is a rape fest. but i dont hear you saying that this isn't a issue or ever been one...

Facts that weren't made clear

-there wasn't any brooze there (mo_ky_fellow)

-there wasn't a riot (it was a fight)

-as one of the many people who didn't want to be around violence i was on my way home. no one was running

-last time i checked a riot would lead to more then one person arrested. check the records if you want only Mr. Douglas was the only person to get arrested.

-- Posted by smartKID on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 6:06 PM


-- Posted by BooBaby on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 6:20 PM


It appears your caps lock button is stuck. Please look into getting that fixed. Also, your post is very difficult to read without punctuation and so many misspelled words. If you want others to take your posts seriously, please consider punctuation and proper grammar.

-- Posted by whistleone on Sun, May 9, 2010, at 8:18 PM


BooBaby's post does lack proper grammar. However, there are no spelling or grammar police in this media unless you appoint yourself as that policeman. I was able to get his message and so were you. This incident was NOT a riot and that's obvious now. Indeed it was another example of hot heads taking things too far and someone got very hurt. Ignorant behavior begets dangerous consequences. Doesn't matter what race you are if you act less than civilized something uncivilized will happen. There is too much anger out there ya'l and, it needs to stop. Being angry is a huge waste of time and, time is all we have! The individual who was stabbed is lucky. His TIME here on earth could have run out and, the person who did the dirty deed will spend precious TIME thinking about it in a Jail cell. What a waste!!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 7:31 AM

Again WOW!! Cape just like every other little city starts off small and then they grown over the years. More population brings more ignorance from every race! Any party that involves drinking involves fighting, nothing new here! Living in Cape, Jackson, Scott City etc is NOT going to keep you from crime and ignorance, its EVERYWHERE, get over it or move into seclusion! A casino has lots of security, but hello, there will be drinking there too, so guess what, a fight could break out! What Cape and all cities everywhere need to focus on is education, birth control, sex education, self respect and respect for others, morals, love, and peace so kids can stop having kids! If more of these great things were taught and encouraged instead of constant hate, there wouldn't be so much crime and violence anywhere!! But again, ignorace breeds ignorace!

-- Posted by bettyboop1971 on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 9:51 AM

Cartman...First of all police are never stationed at any of the parties...And yes there are fights that occur at white Greeks party so u can't say that its jus a black thing. I don't need to ask any officers about anything because I'm at the events. How bout you??? It's clear you have no idea what you are talking about. Just an idiot who's using this as an open forum to make racist comments.

-- Posted by cowboys22 on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 10:04 AM

Want to keep students in check?

If they get arrested and convicted of a crime, expel them.

-- Posted by sickofthebs on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 10:16 AM

Again, walks like a thug....acts like a thug.....it's a thug!! (By the way, a thug is a person that will stab another person in a fight. Don't care if you are black, white, yellow, brown or green!!) And yes, the two white morons that attacked the black guys are thugs!!! (Just happen to be trailer park trash thugs.)

Most of the university parties that happen do not end in stabbings or gun fire. Only a few. You figure it out. Want to get stabbed then go hang with the thugs!! I have no problem with that

-- Posted by cartman on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 10:41 AM

smartKID, I want to thank you, first of all, for setting people straight on some of the facts. I agree with you, if this was a "white" frat, the word thug probably wouldn't have been used. Punk, maybe. Trailer trash? Probably, regardless of whether they were or not. Just like the people attending this event are being called thugs, whether they were or not. And it's infuritating.

Cartman--you're an embarrassment to yourself.

Actually, I'm going to address that last statement to the majority of the people who have posted comments on this story. Not all, but most.

Was I surprised to read that someone had been stabbed at a frat party? Not at all. I had no idea this was a "black" frat--the fact is, a lot of college kids are ignorant and quick-tempered, and that's true for any race. The members of this fraternity should have had enough respect for their organization not to pull this kind of stunt at an event, and not to be in possession of any kind of weapon to begin with.

For all of you making this into a race issue, do yourselves, and the rest of us, a big favor and just be quiet. I, for one, am tired of hearing it.

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 12:01 PM


the person that was stabbed, and the person that did the stabbing were NOT a member of this frat.

-- Posted by smartKID on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 1:03 PM

Howcome when this happens they make sure to include that it was an Alpha Phi Alpha event and then when a pike falls off the 2nd floor canopy at their house in K building and breaks his arm it just says a "Semo student". No mention of the fraternity (pi kappa alpha) there.

-- Posted by ctrl_alt on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 1:34 PM

A drunk pike that is, forgot to mention that part as well.

-- Posted by ctrl_alt on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 1:37 PM

because they are white! and the paper want to protect their race! this stuff has been happing for year down here and i don't expect it to change anytime soon

-- Posted by smartKID on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 2:29 PM

because they are white! and the paper want to protect their race! this stuff has been happing for year down here and i don't expect it to change anytime soon

-- Posted by smartKID on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 2:30 PM

cartman you couldn't be any farther from the truth. No matter what race you are when you have parties where people are drunk fights tend to break out. And as far as those talking about thugs. Sounds like someone is tired of getting beat up.

-- Posted by E.A. on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 4:15 PM

smartkid, I couldn't have said that any better. Any time black people get to fighting or doing whatever else, it gets broadcast all over the news but when white people fight or a white person rapes someone or is caught using drugs, very little is said or done. Yet white people cause more problems. If you look back through history at all the conflicts based on race white people have been the root cause. No wonder why all the other races don't like us. Look though the tide is turning and now whites are becoming the minority. Even though I'm white I've been in the black community long enough to see how white people do treat blacks and it is not as rosey as you think. So stop trying to put the blame on the black community and look who is really the cause of the problems.

-- Posted by E.A. on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 4:33 PM

The best reputation ever.


-- Posted by Cape's Advocate on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 4:49 PM

ctrl_alt: It's media sensationalism at its finest, or should I say, at its worst. The fact of the matter is that, unfortunately, a stabbing is 'exciting'. Even if they couldn't lean on the race issue here to get people all stirred up, a stabbing is still good ol' dirty laundry. A drunk pike falling off a 2nd story canopy? Well, I'm sure his parents would have no problem keeping that little embarrassment out of the papers, even if the Missourian thought it was somehow juicy enough to report on.

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 4:54 PM

Cape's Advocate,

The Alpha Phi Alpha national organization does in fact have an excellent reputation. I read the link in your post, and as a greek member (many years ago) the way I read it, their national organization is not tolerating bad behavior. They have suspended new membership. That is one of the harshest penalties they can enforce. It's not just one chapter being penalized, it is all of them. The reason I believe they will look very closely at this situation, is because the fight and the injury took place at one of Alpha Phi Alpha's functions. It does not matter whether a member is the one causing problems, it happened at their function. For Greek organizations, liability is a huge issue. I remember when another fraternity lost it's national charter, when I was in school. One of the incidents looked at in that situation was something that happened off campus and not at an official funtion. Looks to me that Alpha Phi Alpha is cracking down on bad behavior, and unfortunately for the members of the chapter here, they may lose due to something a non-member has done.

-- Posted by eileen113 on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 5:17 PM


You're comparing a kid falling off a roof against someone getting stabbed? Obviously you're not college smart. If I ask you for an apple would you hand me an orange?

-- Posted by grandma73 on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 5:57 PM


the point he's trying to make is no matter what they do there stuff doesn't make the paper. i remember a member of a white frat being charged with rape at one of there parties and not only did it not make the paper but not one called for they're charter to be taken either, and some how this doesn't even get reported in the public records of crimes of the university....

-- Posted by smartKID on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 11:35 PM

Since most people here want to give their two cents, and some readers choose not to give their two cents, I'll give mine. And before any of you discredit me, let me make this clear: I WAS AT THIS PARTY THAT DAY (unfortunately).

This is basically what happened. It was mainly the "party of the year" and it was not just SEMO students, but MO college kids, former college kids, and even some kids who weren't in college but knew people. There was no security/police/guards on duty that night. They were called because no one was there. A fight broke out, which isn't such a big deal. People fight everywhere everyday so don't act like this has anything to do with a "thug" or "black" thing. That's just stupidity. I choose not to entertain those comments. The person accused of the stabbing, did he do it yes or no is for the court to decide but God and him know the truth. Do I know him? Yes. Is it my duty to judge him? No, so I won't. However I did see the victim, and honestly it was scary. I pray he's okay. Now there was a group fighting true, but most people just stayed out of the way scared to leave or to be nosey (like most people do anyway). When the police came in, they started spraying mase everywhere, which is why people started running. Once outside, the police also told people to get on the ground or get mased, but once they ran inside, the majority of kids, WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INCIDENT, ran because they didn't want to be involved. I ran. I refuse to get in trouble for a couple of kids stupidity. And to clear it up, I don't go to that school either. I was visiting. If you weren't there you really can't speak on what happened. But I will say this, use this story as a reality check. Life is too short, and one mistake can ruin your life. It's not worth it. Pray for the families involved. And unfortunately to any SEMO students, whether you want to admit it or not, this gives the school a bad reputation. Although it may be temporary, this is the last incident of the school year. That's embarrassing. And it's up to the SEMO students to change it. Instead of making comments, prove that's not what you guys are about. I met a lot of you guys and I know this doesn't represent who you are.

-- Posted by Anonymus on Tue, May 11, 2010, at 11:04 PM

grandma 73,

As smartKID said, I'm not comparing a kid falling off a roof and a person being stabbed. What I'm comparing are two events that are quite embarrassing for their respective chapters. Alpha Phi Alpha's event makes the paper with their name all over it, while the pike is just recognized as "a semo student".

-- Posted by ctrl_alt on Wed, May 12, 2010, at 12:18 PM

And if you asked me for an apple, I probably wouldn't give you anything with that attitude.

-- Posted by ctrl_alt on Wed, May 12, 2010, at 12:20 PM

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