Man charged with assaulting sister

COVINGTON - A 59-year-old man was taken into custody by Covington authorities earlier this week after he allegedly threatened his sister with a knife and slammed her into a dining room table.

Just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Covington Police Officer Justin Blankenship was dispatched to a residence on Hendricks Street after receiving a call about a domestic dispute involving the suspect, Cornelius Lindsey, who was reportedly in possession of a knife, according to an incident report completed by the officer.

Upon arriving at the scene, Blankenship met with Lindsey's sister and mother, both of whom were outside waving their arms for help. They said that Lindsey was inside the house drunk and had a large knife

Blankenship then went inside the residence and spoke with the suspect, who surrendered himself to the officer without incident.

The victim, Lindsey's sister, told the officer that her brother and mother were in the kitchen making a salad and that she was in the dining room talking to him.

For reasons unknown, Lindsey allegedly became angry, raised a knife above his head and told his sister "I'll kill you," and started running towards her, according to the incident report.

Lindsey's mother reportedly disarmed him of the knife and threw it in the trash can, at which point he continued to run toward his sister and slammed her into the dining room table, breaking it in half. The victim's mother corroborated her story.

When asked about the incident, Lindsey told Blankenship that his sister was getting on his nerves and asked the officer to take him to jail. Blankenship said he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Lindsey when he searched him for weapons.

Lindsey was subsequently taken to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act and with terroristic threats or acts.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.