A Columbus woman faces charges after police say she wielded a knife and slashed her roommate’s tires, police said.
Latoria Kegler, 21, is charged with second-degree criminal damage to property, reckless conduct and two counts of simple assault in connection with the Wednesday morning incident at her Wynnton Road apartment, reports state.
According to reports, the suspect’s 26-year-old roommate, Deshunvia Streeter, was at a downstairs apartment when several women called him around 11:35 a.m. They told him that the suspect had called them multiple times, with 24-year-old Sierra Lukes saying the suspect cursed at her.
Lukes then arrived to pick up Streeter for lunch. That’s when the suspect allegedly came down the stairs with a knife. Streeter got in between the two women. Moments later, the suspect approached Streeter’s 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and slashed his tires, witnesses told police.
When officers arrived, they saw the suspect sitting in the apartment building holding her left hand with a swollen finger. A 1-year-old child was walking on the staircase holding a sharp kitchen knife, police said.
The suspect told police that her roommate pushed her to the floor and punched her in the head. He also allegedly hit her hand, leading to the swelling. The suspect declined medical treatment, reports state.
After speaking with witnesses, officers went to arrest the suspect, though they were told that she’d left. Officers were allowed into her apartment, where they smelled marijuana, police said.
Officers left, though they were called back by Streeter shortly afterward. They then found the suspect hiding in the shower behind the curtain and arrested her, reports state.