A man alleged his wife cut his arm with a butcher's knife after a argument about baking ingredients in their Norcross home, but it was determined that her physical challenges did not point her to being the primary aggressor.
According to the Norcross Police report, officers arrived at the residence off Huron Way near Brook Hollow Parkway around 1 a.m. June 11 to meet with the husband, who told police that his wife was inside and armed with a knife.
When police went inside, they saw a woman wearing a neckbrace and sitting in a walker, and she welcomed them inside the home. Carrying no weapons, she told police that she suffers from COPD and has had four strokes.
Her husband went out to the grocery store that evening, she said, to pick up some baking ingredients for her. When he got back home, she became angry because some of the items he picked up were wrong. They argued about why he couldn't complete simple tasks, and she accused him of being drunk.
The husband then went upstairs while she stayed in the kitchen to finish baking her cake. She went upstairs a while later to use her computer, and when she got to the top flight of steps, her husband was allegedly waiting there with her walker. She told police that he was taunting her with it, asking her if she needed it.
She snatched the walker and went to the computer room, she said, and he ran into the bedroom. She went to check on her cake again, and that's when police arrived at the home.
Police observed how physically challenged she was when she took them upstairs. She had to pause many times while walking up the steps, the report says, and she showed police how she couldn't type on a keyboard because two fingers on each hand were paralyzed from her strokes. She wasn't able to make a written statement because she unable to grip a pen, too.
Police observed an alcohol-like smell when interviewing the husband, whose story started out similarly to the wife's, but started deviating when he and his wife were arguing about the wrong items. He alleged that she grabbed a large butcher's knife and began to chase him, so he ran upstairs in fear of her catching up. He used her walker to distance himself from her, he told police.
He alleged that he told her multiple times to put the knife down, but she kept advancing and eventually cut his arm, causing a small abrasion. He then ran to the master bedroom.
When police questioned him about how his wife could do these things despite her physical challenges, the husband couldn't provide an explanation. He also couldn't explain why he simply stood at the top of the stairs while his wife chased after him.
He told police that the knife she used was probably upstairs, but police only found a butter knife, which was in a utensil holder used for the small kitchen area they have upstairs for convenience. The wife acted puzzled and confused when asked about her husband's injury because she said that she didn't even know he was cut.
The husband said one of the knives from the kitchen downstairs was missing. Police found no blood on any of the knives or in any area of the home.
It was determined that due to the wife's physical limitations, it did not seem plausible that she was able to inflict her husband's injury. A primary aggressor was not determined, and no one was arrested for the incident.
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