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Woman accused of chasing boyfriend with knife in Carter County

August 29th, 2011 5:20 pm by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — A woman was arrested over the weekend after witnesses said she chased her boyfriend with a knife during an argument.
Mary Elizabeth Melencio, 41, 122 Ed Davis Road, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge. The arrest was made by Deputy Brian Smithpeters of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department.
Smithpeters said he found Melencio walking on Spring Drive in Johnson City while he was responding to the call. She told officers she had gone to Johnson City with her boyfriend, James R. Murray, 32, on Friday night. The disagreement with the couple happened after they had come back to Murray’s residence. She said Murray had struck her in the face, bloodying her nose. Smithpeters said Melencio had dried blood on her nose and left hand.
Murray said Melencio had become belligerent and grabbed his glasses off his face, then pulled a black pocket knife out of a black bag she had with her. He said Melencio was trying to cut him and he showed officers a small laceration on the top of his right shoulder.
Murray said he told his mother, Kathy Warren, than Melencio was trying to stab him. He said his mother tried to get the knife from Melencio. The two women began wrestling, but Warren said she could not get the knife away from Melencio. Danny Garland was able to break up the fight and offered Melencio a ride home.
Melencio is scheduled to answer the charge in Sessions Court on Sept. 20.

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