Woman threatened with box cutter after fight over house party peanut bowl

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 4, 2013 

A woman was arrested for threatening another woman with a box cutter after an argument started over the peanut bowl at a party held by a man called "Cowboy," according to a Columbus Police Department report and a Recorder's Court hearing.

Patsy Carter, 47, was arrested at about 10 p.m. after a woman on the 2400 block of North Lumpkin Road reported that Carter pulled a knife on her. During the 8 a.m. hearing, officers told the court the argument began over a peanut snack bowl which was left for guests at a house party thrown by a man called "Cowboy."

The arresting officer told the court that after the argument, Carter went outside. Later, many of the party-goers went outside, including the victim. Carter and the victim began fighting, with Carter threatening the other with a box cutter and the victim defending herself with a stick.

"I was just reaching for the peanut bowl and [the victim] said 'Don't do that. You don't know me,'" Carter said. "I said 'I've seen you a couple of times,' and she said 'No, you don't know me.' So I put the peanuts back and went outside. Not long after, she came out with all her relatives at the party."

Carter pleaded not guilty to her charges. She told the court that she never had a box cutter, and that the victim had hit her multiple times, causing noticeable injuries. She also said the arresting officer never asked her side of the story, and only took witnesses who were related to the victim.

During the hearing, Carter had bandages on her forehead. No injuries were reported.

The officer said when he arrived, Carter was yelling in the street and was extremely agitated. He also reported the victim received a small cut to her forehead, although none was visible.

Carter was charged with aggravated assault. She was taken to Muscogee County Jail.

During her hearing, she was given $5,000 bond. Her case has been forwarded to Superior Court.

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