Andrew Patterson’s family sought help for mental health before arrest

Judy Murray watched from down the street on Wednesday as her grandson Andrew Patterson left his residence.

She quickly called her daughter, Patricia Woods.

Woods passed that information, as well as where Patterson was driving, along to Hutchinson Police Department authorities, who stopped and searched his car.

There, police say they found “detailed plans to carry out an act of mass violence.” Later that day, police utilized a search warrant at Patterson’s residence, where officers said they found additional evidence related to a planned attack.

For months, family members had worried about the 24-year-old Hutchinson resident’s mental health.

“He was a loner and didn’t know how to ask for help,” Murray said.

Family members said they reached out to authorities and mental health organizations as Patterson spiralled. Little could be done, however.

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