Police: Jonesborough woman threatens men with butcher knife, hidden sword

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Johnson City police arrested a Jonesborough woman who they say threatened two men with a butcher knife and a hidden sword. 

On Wednesday, police responded to reports of a bloody woman walking around the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home campus to find Kathy Whitson, 53, 903 Depot St., sitting on the sidewalk in front of 23 Veterans Way with a small cut on her hand, a press release said. 

Officers learned that Whitson had assaulted two men inside the residence, according to the release. 

The press release said Whitson grabbed one of the men from behind and took a wooden cane, which contained a hidden sword inside, from him. Whitson pulled the sword and pointed it at the man. The second man managed to get the sword away from Whitson, police said, before she chased him with a butcher knife into a bedroom. She stabbed at the bedroom door with the knife, then stabbed a bar table, where her hand slipped and she cut it, police said.

Whitson was treated for her injury at Franklin Woods Community Hospital before she was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center on two counts of aggravated assault. She was being held on $20,000 bond and was arraigned Thursday afternoon.

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