Crime

Man convicted in 2017 West Bottoms Phillips 66 stabbing

A Jackson County jury convicted a 50-year-old man of multiple counts for stabbing two people, one fatally, at a Kansas City gas station in 2017.

Panom Gai was convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office Saturday.

The stabbing occurred in November 2017 near a Phillips 66 gas station in the 1500 block of West 12th Street.

Police responded to the scene around 5:30 p.m. to find an injured man and deceased woman. Both had been stabbed in the chest.

Surveillance video showed Gai using a knife blade on the end of a cane or stick. Witnesses at the time told police he had gotten in an argument with the woman and stabbed her before stabbing a man who tried to intervene.

Gai, who is listed as homeless and immigrated from the Sudan in 1995, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6.

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Katie Bernard covers Kansas crime, cops and courts for the Kansas City Star. She joined the Star in May of 2019. Katie studied journalism and political science at the University of Kansas.
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