Athens woman charged with assault in knife attack on stepdaughter

An Athens woman incurred multiple knife wounds on Saturday when allegedly attacked by her stepmother during an altercation that began on Gressom Street near the Triangle Plaza shopping center.


The 7:45 p.m. knife attack, which was witnessed by a large group of bystanders, reportedly began when the 33-year-old victim confronted 45-year-old Cathy Elaine Easley Jones of Ashmore Drive about remarks and allegations that Jones allegedly made against the victim’s father and grandmother in front of their church congregation.

Jones told police she pulled a knife to defend herself when the victim showed up in a car with three other females who rushed at her.

She claimed that the victim punched her several times in the face before pulling and swinging the knife at the victim, who was treated at the scene by EMTs for cuts to the forehead and cheek and a puncture wound to the neck. She declined to be taken to the hospital for any further treatment.

By the time the knife attack occurred, police said they found the victim and a large crowd of witness bystanders at Anderson and Arch streets. Officers located the victim there and noted in a report that she had suffered “obvious wounds to her face that were consistent with those made by a knife or cutting instrument.”

When officers found Jones down the street, she was unarmed, but admitted she had cut the victim in self-defense. A witness told police that Jones’ brother was on the scene and took the knife.

As police were arresting Jones, they said they had to order bystanders to back up, including her 52-year-husband, Darryl Bernard Mattox, who tried stepping behind the arresting officer, according to police.

Mattox was said by police to have an odor of alcohol on his breath.

Jones accused Mattox of having called his children to the area of the altercation with orders for them to jump their stepmother.

Jones verified the incident initially began when she made comments that “hurt (Mattox’s) mother’s feelings,” but what she said was not noted in the initial police report.

She was charged with aggravated assault.

In a related incident that occurred about 9:30 p.m., Mattox was arrested at Triangle Plaza for making terroristic threats, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.

Police said the arrest stemmed from an argument between Mattox and another male about what occurred in the earlier incident.

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