Woman arrested after stabbing

by Wes Mayer

A woman suspected of stabbing a man in the leg with a kitchen knife was arrested Thursday by officers with the Newnan Police Department.

Around 4 p.m., officers Scott Kilgore, Brian Hodges and Sgt. Patricia Ayers and emergency medical units responded to Wilcoxen Street in reference to a stabbing. According to Kilgore, when they arrived, they found the male victim with a stab wound to his left leg, and the suspect, Crystal Shanta Snelling, 31, was still on scene. Hodges and Ayers assisted medical units in treating the victim’s wound.

Kilgore spoke with Snelling, who told him she originally came to the victim’s home to charge her cell phone. When the victim realized she was home, he began yelling at her to leave. When she did not, he struck her in the face.

After this, she went into the kitchen, retrieved a knife, confronted the victim, the two struggled, and in this struggle, she accidentally stabbed the victim in the leg.

Kilgore noticed Snelling had a small cut on her wrist, but he could not see any visible marks on her face. Kilgore also smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Snelling, so he asked her if she had been drinking. She told him she had.

Snelling then told Kilgore she did not want to press any charges against the victim.

Sgt. Jim Beneke arrived on scene and spoke to the victim, who said he did ask Snelling to leave his home and ended up arguing with her. During the argument, Snelling went to the kitchen to grab the knife. The victim told Beneke he thought Snelling was going to stab him, so he tried to take away the knife, but she stabbed him in the leg.

Beneke also spoke to Snelling, who repeated the story she told Kilgore, and Beneke arrested her for aggravated assault with a knife. She was asked if she had any illegal items on her, and she said she did not, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Once at the jail, however, detention officers found three white pills that turned out to be oxycodone in her front, left pocket. Officers asked her where she obtained the pills, and Snelling said she took them from her 7-year-old child.

Because of this, she was additionally charged with possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics by an inmate.



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