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Woman accused of knife threat against boyfriend arraigned on felony assault charge

Jeff Bobo • May 30, 2018 at 3:18 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who allegedly threatened to kill her boyfriend and herself with a knife during an argument last week was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

Aside from the alleged death threat, Savannah Lee Patterson, 31, 136 Reynolds Ave., Surgoinsville, also allegedly threatened to burn down the couple’s home and used her fingernails to injure her boyfriend’s back, shoulder and arm, inflicting what police described as “several significant scratches and slight lacerations.”

Last Thursday shortly before 8:30 p.m., HCSO Deputy Chad Gillenwater responded to a complaint of a domestic dispute at the residence Patterson shares with her boyfriend, Dustin Lee Justice.

When Gillenwater arrived, he reportedly observed Patterson in the driveway “in an obvious heated dispute.”

Patterson then reportedly slung an object to the ground — a lock blade knife that was later recovered.

Gillenwater stated that Patterson smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated.

Justice reportedly stated that Patterson was angry that he came home late, and during a heated dispute she assaulted him with her fingernails and threatened to kill him while holding the knife.

Gillenwater said a neighbor who observed the incident reportedly corroborated Justice’s version of events, as did Justice’s injuries.

The neighbor reported observing the alleged assault, death threat with the knife and other verbal threats.

Patterson was held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending her arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Aggravated domestic assault is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years.

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