Police: Stabbed boyfriend accused of abusing assailant

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 10, 2014 

Taketa Rambo

Witnesses say the 25-year-old man Taketa Rambo is accused of stabbing struck her multiple times inside and outside a Cusseta Road apartment Saturday evening, according to court testimony.

Rambo, 36, faced aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana charges during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

The area outside the 4100 block apartment was covered in blood when police arrived at about 8 p.m., an officer told the court. Inside, police found a wrecked home, with furniture and objects strewn about. A small amount of marijuana — 7.9 grams — was scattered on living room and kitchen floor.

After learning that Rambo had taken the victim to Midtown Medical Center, police spoke with the victim, who gave conflicting accounts of who stabbed him. At first, he told police that an ex-boyfriend was responsible for his punctured lung. Later, he said he was unsure who stabbed him.

Like the victim, Rambo alternated her stories, accusing both ex-boyfriends and an unknown man of stabbing the victim. When asked about a bite mark on her hand, she told police her boyfriend was abusive. She said earlier in the day he hit her several times, a story which other nearby residents later corroborated, the officer said.

A friend who was visiting during the confrontation also affirmed Rambo's story that the victim had abused her prior to the stabbing.

While investigating, police also found a gun in the stairwell that they believe belonged to Rambo. She denied possession of the gun during Monday's hearing.

Rambo pleaded not guilty to her charges Monday, and said police did not read her Miranda warning during the incident.

Judge Michael Cielinski set a $42,500 bond on Rambo's charges.

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