News Feature | July 2, 2014

Ratepayer Allegedly Stabbed Water Department Employee After Service Disconnected

Sara Jerome

By Sara Jerome


A Missouri man allegedly stabbed a city water department staffer after his service was disconnected.

"A Caruthersville, Missouri City Hall employee was stabbed multiple times on June 26, according to police. Chief of Police Tony Jones said the suspect was mad his water was turned off," KFVS reported. "It happened in the water department office around 11:15 a.m." 

Elizabeth Hardesty is the water department bookkeeper. On the morning of the attack, "an irate man came in about his disconnected water. Fifty-year old Richard Edward Jaworski of Caruthersville allegedly stabbed Hardesty multiple times,"  KZIM reported

Jaworski, of Caruthersville, is facing potential charges of first-degree assault, burglary first degree, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action, the report said. He was held without bond. Jaworski allegedly said, "I'll teach you to turn my water off" before he left the government building. 

"According to the probable cause statement, Jaworski went in the south door of city hall and walked into the water department. He walked past the service counter with a large knife in his right hand and began violently stabbing Elizabeth Hardesty. The statement shows the attack ended with 13 stabs and/or attempts to stab Hardesty," the report said. 

"Hardesty was flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis to be treated for numerous stab wounds," the Blytheville Courier News reported

Police chief Tony Jones, who made the arrest, described the encounter, per the Associated Press: "He said he stabbed her because his water was cut off."

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