September 27, 2012

Last texts: 'Help me please… head split open'

Chilling last texts of AT&T worker bludgeoned to death with crowbar as he fixed phone lines

A father-of-four was bludgeoned to death while he worked the night shift after a convicted criminal beat him with a crowbar when he refused to hand over his wallet.  Kevin Mashburn, 58, was doing repairs for AT&T last Wednesday morning when he was reportedly  set upon by Bryan Middlemas, using the crowbar from work truck.

Police investigating the horrific murder have released the last text messages that the technician sent to colleagues as he lay dying in his van near an apartment complex in Gladstone, close to Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr Mashburn sent the first text to another AT&T worker around an hour after he had been attacked. The 58-year-old had been severely beaten in the head during the brutal assault.

At 2.52am, he wrote to a colleague called Amanda: 'I NEEDE YOU TO CALL ME AN AMBULANCE.'

According to Fox 4 he later wrote: 'I HAVE BEEN ATTACKED… HELP ME PLEASE.'

He later texted another colleague called Gracie and told her he had been badly hurt with his 'head split open'.

Mr Mashburn repeatedly honked the horn and flashed the lights of his truck as an emergency crew frantically searched the area for him.  He was found unconscious and not breathing at 3.30am. He was taken to local hospital but died of injuries.  Mr Mashburn had been married for 33 years and has four children and one grandchild.  He had worked for AT&T for 41 years and had been carrying out his typical 12am-8am shift alone when he was attacked.

Mr Mashburn, was a wonderful and gentle man, his son Bill told KCTV.  His daughter later described her father as someone who would have given the shirt off his back to anyone.  Bill said: 'If everybody had a Dad like mine, like ours, then stuff like this wouldn't happen.'

AT&T offered $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of his attacker.  On Saturday night, a tip-off led police to 35-year-old Middlemas, who has previously served time in prison for assault and drug possession.  Middlemas allegedly called an old cellmate and confessed to clubbing Mr Mashburn with the crowbar.
Posted by Jill Fallon at September 27, 2012 1:34 PM | Permalink