BLANCHESTER — A local woman faces charges related to threatening men with a knife. police said.
Shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday, police were called to 126 S. Broadway St., Apt. 1, on a call of unknown trouble, according to a news release from Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was asked to send a back-up officer.
“Ptl. Sarah Luken arrived and spoke with the two men who reside there, who explained that they had permitted a woman named Cassondra Richardson to spend the night on their couch, but awoke to her accusing them of stealing her cell phone,” Reinbolt said. “Both men stated Richardson threatened them with a knife, demanding they return the phone, which both denied taking.
“Richardson was still at the apartment and admitted to carrying a knife in her waistband,” Reinbolt continued.
He said Ptl. Luken seized the folding knife, which had a 3-inch blade.
“Ptl. Luken attempted to place Richardson under arrest, and Richardson resisted those efforts,” he said. “Ptl. Luken was able to get Richardson handcuffed, down the flight of stairs to the street, and into a police cruiser. At that point her back-up arrived, and monitored Richardson while Ptl. Luken spoke further with the victims.
“We are grateful for the assistance provided by the Sheriff’s Office,” Reinbolt added.
Richardson was charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of resisting arrest, and was taken to the Clinton County Jail, according to Reinbolt. She will answer the charges in the Clinton County Municipal Court.
Reinbolt added, “Two years ago, in May 2018, Ptl. Luken attempted to arrest Richardson for carrying a 3-inch blade knife in her waistband. In that incident, Richardson fought with Ptl. Luken and attempted to gain control of the officer’s sidearm.
“In that case, Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer charged her with attempted robbery, for which she served a one-year prison term.”