Updated: Feb 19
By Joe Johnson
An Athens woman was arrested last week after she cut her husband’s nose with a knife, Athens-Clarke County police said.
According to police, Margie Louise Smith, 51, used the knife to cut her spouse’s nose twice during a domestic altercation at their Commerce Road home.
Police said they responded to the ihome at about 6:54 p.m. on Feb. 11 to investigate a report that a woman had cut a man’s face with a knife.
Upon arrival, police said that officers found the 53-year-old victim “bleeding significantly” from visible lacerations on the bridge of his nose.
The victim said that the incident occurred during a dispute with his wife, 51-year-old Margie Louise Smith, concerning the use of his truck, according to police.
He said that he denied Smith’s request for the truck’s keys because he needed the vehicle for work, police said. Smith then reportedly grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened to slash the truck’s tires “so he couldn’t go anywhere.”
After following Smith into the garage, the victim reportedly told her to stop and go to bed, at which time Smith turned and cut her husband’s nose with the knife.
The victim “stated at the time that he pushed Smith against the door and she swung the knife and cut him on the nose again,” according to police.
The victim said he then grabbed Smith’s neck and the knife before releasing her and calling the police.
Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and released from jail the next day upon posting a $2,000 good security bond.
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