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Witness describes frantic scene during stabbing at T-ball game

Posted May 30, 2012
Updated May 31, 2012

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— The scene at a small-town T-ball game in Johnston County suddenly erupted into chaos Tuesday night when a man attacked his girlfriend with a knife, an eyewitness said Wednesday. 

"People were running around saying, 'Call 911!', saying, 'Get the children back. Everybody get back,' and my heart just kind of dropped," said Caleb Gregory, who sells concessions at the baseball field.

The field is at Meadow Elementary School and the children playing T-ball were 4 and 5 years old. No children were hurt. 

A Johnston County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Kendall Montrell Basker, 23, was arguing with his girlfriend, Brittany Radford, when he attacked her, stabbing her several times in the neck. Several parents wrestled Basker to the ground and held him until authorities arrived.

Radford was taken to WakeMed, where she was listed in stable condition Wednesday. Basker was arrested at the scene.

The couple had three children together, at least one of whom was on the T-ball team, witnesses said.

According to state Division of Adult Correction records, Basker was charged in April 2008 with violating a restraining order. Later that year, he served time in prison for assault on a female. Witness says T-ball stabbing unleashed 'chaos' Witness says stabbing unleashed 'chaos' at T-ball game

Gregory said what makes the stabbing especially troubling is that it happened in the small town of Meadow in front of such small children.

"It's a really small town; we don't even have our own post office," he said. "When I was growing up, you never would have thought something like this would happen, especially at a baseball game.

"These are 4 and 5 year olds," he continued. "I thought it was an act of stupidity and arrogance to try and do this at a ball park."

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  • Sparkey May 31, 12:28 p.m.

    Oh boy, another worthless piece for us to house in prison.

  • dontstopnow May 31, 12:23 p.m.

    I agree with the posters who say take them off the street and that restraining orders are worthless.

    This guy will be back on the street within a short period of time, maybe 2 years at max. And the next time, he will murder someone.

  • Lightfoot3 May 31, 11:56 a.m.

    "the wish to carry a gun around is a sign of paranoia and/or delusions." - Tcheuchter


    Preaching your false religion again, eh?

  • Tcheuchter May 31, 11:29 a.m.

    'Another reason to allow permit to carry concealed weapons by properly veted people."

    Apart from a few cases the very wish to conceal carry is reason not to allow it. If you are being stalked, have to carry large amounts of currency or work in a convenience store the wish to carry a gun around is a sign of paranoia and/or delusions.

  • not my real name May 31, 11:10 a.m.

    There is no stabbing in t-ball.

  • jbyrd May 31, 10:26 a.m.

    He was stabbing the woman with intent to kill so would this have justified deadly force to stop him?
    Another reason to allow permit to carry concealed weapons by properly veted people. Price of one round would be a lot cheaper than keeping him locked up and he would not be able to hurt anyone else which I can almost guarantee he will.

  • Ambygirl May 31, 9:39 a.m.

    A restraining order is a joke! It's not worth the paper it was written on. So you tell the guy he can't come within 1000 feet of her. Is there a cop following him around to keep that from happening?? Does she need to hire a body guard?? Like she or most anyone could afford that?? They just need to lock fools like him up and keep them there. That's the only way this woman will be safe.

  • Tcheuchter May 31, 8:51 a.m.

    Well done those who took action and stopped the attack.

  • rman May 31, 8:47 a.m.

    Basker was charged in April 2008 with violating a restraining order. Later that year, he served time in prison for assault on a female.

    When are the lawmakers and these pantywaist judges going to wake up and take domestic violence seriously? It is ridiculous that this man is back on the streets and allowed the opportunity to hurt, maim, and possibly kill this woman or another victim at some point and time. I suppose they will just give him another slap on the wrist and let him loose again. Restraining orders are a joke because there are no ramifications for violating them. Assault really holds no deterring sentences. It's all a big joke and the women and other family members have to pay the price. Far too many times, THE ULTIMATE PRICE!!

  • halfpint1552 May 31, 8:21 a.m.

    Lock him up and throw away the key.