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Local woman accused of stabbing man in the eye

GREENFIELD — A local woman has pleaded innocent to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, after she was accused of stabbing her ex boyfriend in the eye with her keys.

Felicia N. Atherton, 21, of 17 Hayes Ave., was arrested Tuesday and charged with a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police were called to a Wells Street residence at 9:21 a.m. Tuesday, where they found James Sanchez, of Forbes Court, sitting on the steps with his hand over his right eye, according to a report filed by Sgt. Mark Williams.

Sanchez told police that he had met up with the suspect, his ex-girlfriend and mother to his two children, to exchange property, wrote Williams.

The suspect was behind the wheel of the car, as Sanchez leaned in to the passenger side window. The two began to argue, and the suspect punched Sanchez in the eye, with her keys in hand, he told Williams.

Witnesses told police they saw Sanchez fall to the ground next to the car, which was driven quickly from the scene, wrote Williams.

The suspect later returned, and admitted to punching Sanchez, though she said she used an empty fist, Williams wrote.

Sanchez was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Upon learning that Atherton had been arrested, Sanchez became upset, and told Williams he did not want to press charges against her, according to the report.

On further investigation, Sanchez was found to be the subject of an active restraining order taken out by the suspect, wrote Williams. He will be summoned to court on a charge of violation of a restraining order.

Atherton was released on personal recognizance, and is due back in Greenfield district court for a pretrial conference July 18.

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