Man wielding machetes at Capitol Plaza Hotel arrested after four officers assaulted

TOPICA, Kansas (WIBW) – A Topeka man who was using a machete in the parking lot of the Capitol Plaza Hotel has been arrested after he assaulted police officers.

After 9 a.m. Saturday, November 13, the Topeka Police Department said officers were called to 1717 SW Topeka Blvd. Capitol Plaza Hotel.

Staff reported a disturbance with a man “stalking guests into the parking lot… armed with a large machete.”

TPD said the man had been denied entry to the hotel prior to the incident. The area was crowded with sold-out crowds at the Blizzard Bash Demolition Derby in Stormont Vail Events Center to the south.

When the officers arrived, they said they had found Norman Kelly, 59, of Topeka, running to SW 17th St. He is accused of committing several aggravated assaults on several officers while brandishing two large knives.

Officers said they had to use force to arrest Kelly, but no other injuries were reported to anyone involved other than minor scrapes and bruises on Kelly.

Kelly was transferred to the Shawnee Department of Corrections on one count of felony trespassing, felony obstruction, and four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

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