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Woman being held for attacks with knife, broken glass

Posted: October 17, 2011 - 11:09am

An Evans woman was is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center, charged with attacking her boyfriend and holding a knife to his throat.


Melissa Ann York, 34, of Silver Lake Drive, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, battery/family violence, criminal damage to property and third degree cruelty to children.


York’s mother called police at about 3 a.m. Thursday after she saw her daughter attacking her boyfriend and sister, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office police report.


York’s 32-year-old boyfriend told police that they were drinking and playing games at about 2:30 a.m. when talk of their history led to York getting upset, yelling, cursing and threatening to kill him.


When he went outside, York’s sister tried to calm her down, but York grabbed her hair. York then went to the garage, where she punched out some windows. When her boyfriend tried to calm York and prevent her from hurting herself, she attempted to cut him with a piece of glass and punched him in the face, according to the report.


York’s sister tried to stop the attack, but York chased her back inside with the glass. She retreated to her bedroom, where York began beating on the door. York’s sister heard her boyfriend trying to calm her, opened the door and saw York holding a knife to his throat, the report stated.


York’s mother and another sister also saw the arguing and part of the attacks on her boyfriend and sister.


The other sister said she tried to calm York down after York’s sister and boyfriend ran outside. Juveniles in an upstairs bedroom said they heard the commotion, were scared and stayed in their bedroom.


Police found York covered with blood, stating she’d had a fight with her boyfriend and wanted to kill herself. Her boyfriend had scratches on his face, neck and back. He also had scratches and a bite mark on his leg.


The bloody knife was found on the floor of the living room along with glass from the shattered garage windows, the report said.

York is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $59,500 bond, according to jail records.

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