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Church Hill man accused of trying to stab girlfriend, threatening police

January 17th, 2014 2:19 pm by Nick Shepherd

Church Hill man accused of trying to stab girlfriend, threatening police

James Stallard

CHURCH HILL — A Chuch Hill man tried to stab his girlfriend and then reportedly told officers if they entered the residence he had something for them, according to a police report. 

James Stallard, 222 Grandview St., Church Hill, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. 

The incident began on Thursday when Stallard became irate and began making threats toward his girlfriend and made threats to kill her dogs, Stallard's girlfriend told police. 

As the night went on, Stallard became even more irate and attempted to assault her. When his girlfriend ran upstairs to try tod get away from him, Stallard allegedly pushed her to the floor and raised a knife over his head and reportedly said, "I'm going to kill you, b----." 

He then attempted to stab her. The victim grabbed his arm and tried to get the knife away from him but was unsuccessful. Stallard then attempted to stab her again, but the knife only grazed her back and did not cut her, the report stated. 

The victim was then able to get away from Stallard through a back door and ran to a neighbor's house, where she called 911. 

Church Hill police officers arrived at the scene and attempted to make contact with Stallard. Assistant Chief Roddy Miller stated in his report that he could hear someone yelling from inside the house. The officer was able to look through a basement window and saw Stallard standing in the doorway of a bathroom, holding a knife. 

Stallard was reportedly cursing and making threats to officers. He also said that if any officers came inside the home he "had something for" them, according to the police report. 

Miller said he asked Stallard to put the knife down several times but Stallard refused. Officers got inside the residence and tried to speak with Stallard, but he had locked himself in the bathroom and refused to open the door. 

Stallard allegedly told officers he had a knife and that he would harm any officer who entered the bathroom, Miller stated in his report. 

Officers forced the door open and were able to place Stallard in custody after a brief struggle. 

Stallard was charged and transported to the Hawkins County Jail. 

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