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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 1:21 p.m.

Police: Woman cuts ex-boyfriend with knife to defend herself

By Lee Higgins

Ypsilanti police said a woman who was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend this morning at her Madison Street home cut him in the forearm with a knife to defend herself.

She then ran to a neighbor's house and dialed 911, Det. Sgt. Troy Fulton said.

Officers responded and found the man, who was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he received stitches to his right forearm. He was then taken to the Washtenaw County Jail. Charges are pending.

At 6:30 a.m., police said, the Ypsilanti man broke into his ex-girlfriend's home in the 800 block of Madison Street, entering through an unlocked basement window. He got into an argument with her in the kitchen. After a 12-year-old boy left the house, the two started fighting, police said.

The man put his ex-girlfriend in a headlock and began punching her. The woman put her hands over her face to shield herself, Fulton said.

Fulton said the woman broke free, grabbed a knife and cut her ex-boyfriend in the forearm, before running away. During the fight, a table was broken and some drywall was knocked in. The woman did not need medical attention, Fulton said.

Police said the man is being investigated for home invasion and assault.



Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 3:57 p.m.

Good Job Lady, you are smarter than I was back in the 60's. (he was my husband) I was so afraid of him. Got a divorce, and would never allow it in todays world. 0 tolerance for domestic violence now. (he even stole my car and hid it) so I couldn't go anywhere). My attorney gave him 6 hours after talking to his attorney to return it, or he would be picked up. Long story short, car was returned in 2 hours.

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 11:09 a.m.

A PPO would be a very helpful tool if the alleged attacker comes back again, after being released on bail. A good majority of the time this is exactly what happens. She will nave no problem proving self defense is she gets him in the middle of the chest when and if he does come back. Then she will not need a PPO any longer.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:27 a.m.

she did the right thing i would have done the same thing yah and hope she gets a ppo on him u go girl


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

Wow, love is a powerful thing, to add, there is no forecast for heartbreak either. I hope she gets the help she needs.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

Guys, a PPO doesn't protect someone from an assault.

Matt Cooper

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 3:55 a.m.

While a PPO might not actually stop an attack, it certainly is good documentary evidence that will help prosecute the attacker in the event of one. I hope she follows through.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 8:06 p.m.

True, which is why I mentioned my last statement.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

No it does not, hence the be prepared statement. Learn how and have the tools to stop the attacker.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 7 p.m.

Way to go and stop the threat. Hopefully a PPO will do some good, but sometimes, people don't care. Got to take the will to fight out of your attacker.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

Good on her! next time I hope she cuts deeper...lower get that PPO and prepare so you don't have to improvise .