Kristy Ann Helton

A Rossville woman was arrested on an aggravated assault charge, one day after she filed a false claim that her boyfriend had stabbed her during an argument.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Kristy Ann Helton, 33, of Stancil Drive was arrested Sunday, June 28, on charges of aggravated assault, false report of a crime, third-degree arson, second-degree criminal damage to property, and terroristic threats and acts.

Helton remained in Catoosa County jail as of July 1 with bond set at $32,500.

Just before 5 p.m. on June 28 police were dispatched to Helton’s Stancil Drive residence following a 911 call, with detectives arriving to find Helton swinging a knife and golf club at her boyfriend.

During investigation of the scene, Helton was arrested and was also charged for her actions the previous day during another incident.

A day earlier, on June 27, deputies were also called to the home regarding a similar incident.

Upon arrival, Helton appeared to be a victim and claimed she’d been stabbed in the arm by her boyfriend, reports show.

She stated the two had been arguing all day, before he cut her in the kitchen and then fled the scene.

Deputies observed the house to be in disarray with items broken and strewn about.

While Helton was being transported to the hospital for treatment to her wound, a neighbor spoke to deputies and discredited Helton’s story.

“The neighbor stated the boyfriend did not do anything to Ms. Helton,” deputy Phil Summers said. “She stated Ms. Helton was the one who destroyed the inside of the house, and the boyfriend was not at home at the time. She also stated when the boyfriend came home, he stayed outside and never went in the house.”

The neighbor further informed police that Helton was standing in the yard uninjured when the boyfriend left the residence, reports show.

Deputy Summers examined the damage done inside the house and found a living room window broken out with a hammer found outside in the grass.

“At the window, blood was found inside the residence,” Summers said. “It was also found throughout the residence. Blood was not noted in the kitchen area where the incident was to have occurred.”

Based on the findings, the case was turned over to detectives, which is why they responded the next day when a similar call came in from the same address.

Adam Cook has been a reporter with the Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., since 2009. He currently covers crime and courts, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe city government, education, and arts and entertainment.

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