Man cut in fight with wife

COVINGTON - A man was cut with a knife after he and his estranged wife got into an argument recently, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Niesha Keyona Reid, 31, of 35 Havenwood Lane, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act following the incident.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said the victim told deputies that he went to the Havenwood Lane residence on Feb. 5 around 8 p.m. to drop off the couple's daughter following visitation.

"He said they got into an argument and the suspect jabbed at him with a knife," Mitchell said. "He sustained injuries to his right thumb and the left side of his head."

In other crime news, a woman was rescued by a Covington Police Department officer in the early morning hours Wednesday when he witnessed her being dragged across the ground near the hotel where she was staying.

The woman's husband, Wilford Arnold, 35, of 110 Shadowbrook Trace, was arrested and charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

According to a CPD incident report completed by Officer Hayward Derouen, around 2 a.m. he was called to investigate a "suspicious person" and when he arrived at the hotel he saw a man "dragging a female across the ground. As Mr. Arnold was dragging the female ... I could hear her say, 'Stop,' as I was exiting my patrol vehicle. Upon exiting my vehicle I was giving Mr. Arnold verbal commands to 'Stop, let her go,'" the report states.

Arnold fled and the officer followed, finally wrestling him to the ground and handcuffing him. When he was brought back to the hotel, officers searched Arnold and discovered $1,538 in cash.

His wife stated that she and her husband had argued following his allegations that she was unfaithful to him and that she was a prostitute.

"(She) also stated when Mr. Arnold had gone to the restroom, she had run out the door of the hotel where they were staying and Mr. Arnold began to run behind her," the report states. "Ms. Arnold stated that she began to scream as loud as she could to get someone's attention because she didn't trust him because he had been talking about strange things and felt as though he would try to hurt her. (She) stated that Mr. Arnold began to pull her to the ground by her hair and face to get her back into the room."

The officer noted the woman had scratches on her face and neck from the altercation.

The woman also told officers that the large amount of currency in her husband's possession was from her tax refund and that she had cashed the check to purchase items for their children as well as put some money on "money cards" for them to use at a later date.

Officers turned the money over to the woman and gave her information on where she could seek suitable shelter. She said her children were staying with a relative and she hoped to soon move with them to the home of another relative in another state.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com