Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend during argument

Published 4:42 pm Monday, August 7, 2017

A Carter County woman faces a felony charge after police say she stabbed her boyfriend in the leg during an argument.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jennifer Cruz, 41, of 140 Arlington Drive, Johnson City, on Friday on a warrant charging her with aggravated assault.

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According to court documents, deputies were dispatched to Sycamore Shoals Hospital on Thursday afternoon regarding a person at the emergency room seeking treatment for a stabbing injury. When officers arrived, they spoke with a man who told them his girlfriend had stabbed him during an argument.

The man told officers the argument started because his girlfriend, whom he identified as Cruz, was mad at him for going out with a friend. During the argument, the man said he tried to walk away, but Cruz followed him and continued to argue.

“(He) stated that during the incident Mrs. Cruz slapped him, and in response he slapped her in return,” CCSO Deputy Josh Riddle said.

The man told the officers he and Cruz struggled briefly and after separating she brandished a pocket knife and began swinging it at him, eventually striking him in the right thigh. The man said he then left his home and got a ride to Sycamore Shoals Hospital from a friend.

After officers had spoken with the man, he was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for further treatment.

Riddle said in the Affidavit of Complaint against Cruz that he spoke with her regarding the incident and confirmed the two had been in an argument at their home.

Following her arrest on Friday, deputies transported her to the Carter County Detention Center. She was later released after posting a $4,000 bond. Cruz is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on August 21.