Man says woman assaulted him to get wife's medication

Saturday, August 23, 2008 | 7:54 p.m. CDT; updated 9:21 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 23, 2008

COLUMBIA - A Hallsville woman was arrested after a man told Boone County deputies that she assaulted him when he went to her house, a Sheriff's Department news release said.

Nichole M. Ward, 21, of Hallsville was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery and third-degree assault, the release said.

On Saturday morning, a passerby told deputies that a man and woman were fighting in a car parked at the end of a driveway in the 12000 block of Highway 63, north of Columbia, the release said. Upon arrival, deputies found a man who told them he had been involved in a fight after he went to retrieve his wife's medication at the home of two female acquaintances that had visited his home on Friday night. He said the two women had stolen the medication.

On Saturday morning, the man went to the women's home and confronted them about the missing medication. The man then found the medication, took it and returned to his car.

The man said Ward then jumped in his car and started beating him up as he drove away. After the man yelled for help, Ward jumped out, ran into a wooded area and returned to her home.

Later, deputies arrested Ward on the assault charge and Jennifer Rinehart, 22, of Hallsville was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

At 5 p.m., both subjects were held at the Boone County Jail.


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