Man, mother arrested in assault case

This story was first published in the Columbia Missourian on Nov 5, 2010.

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man and his mother were arrested early Friday morning for suspected involvement in a stabbing incident, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

Ja’Vante Thomas, 18, and his mother, Jennifer Thomas, 34, were taken into custody after a heated argument devolved into a reported assault and ended with a teenage girl being stabbed, said the Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Major Tom Reddin.

Reddin said Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched at 2:49 a.m. Friday to 802 Demaret Drive, where they found a teenage girl, Ja’Vante Thomas’ girlfriend, with a stab wound on her left arm.

There was one witness, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Reddin said that there were conflicting reports about the actual incident that led to the stabbing and that it was unclear who the initial aggressor was.

According to Reddin, Ja’Vante Thomas and his girlfriend were at home when Jennifer Thomas returned from a nightclub, and all three got into an argument. Reddin said that, according to one account, Jennifer Thomas attacked and stabbed her son’s girlfriend with a kitchen knife. Jennifer Thomas said, however, that Ja’Vante Thomas attacked her first with a 2-by-4 piece of wood and punched her while they were arguing, Reddin said.

Because of these contradictory accounts, the sheriff’s deputies arrested both son and mother.

Ja’Vante Thomas was arrested on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action and second-degree property damage. Jennifer Thomas was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and armed criminal action. Both are being held at Boone County Jail.

Reddin said the injured girl was taken to a local hospital following the incident and was later released.

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