PITTSBURG, KS – On Sunday, July 11, 2010, at approximately 10:15 p.m., officers with the Pittsburg Police Department were dispatched to 208 W. 23rd Street for a report of a disturbance at that location. As officers arrived in the area, they located a white male walking east on 23rd Street. Officers observed the subject was bleeding from his forehead, mouth, and left ear. The victim reported to the officers that he was struck in the head with a baseball bat upon arriving at 208 W. 23rd Street to discuss an on-going quarrel with the resident.
EMS was called to the location to treat the victim’s head injuries; the victim was subsequently transported to Ascension Via Christi Hospital. Due to the severity of the victim’s head injuries, he was transferred to Freeman Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where he remains in stable condition as of this date.
A comprehensive investigation into this incident confirmed the identity of the suspect as that of 35-year-old Derek Edward Junk, of Pittsburg. Investigators were able to confirm that Junk had been at 208 W. 23rd Street just prior to the incident occurring. Derek Junk was arrested without incident on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at his Pittsburg residence. Junk was transported to the Crawford County Jail where he is being charged with one count of aggravated battery. Junk is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other incidents, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700, or at our tip line, 620-231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.