Sturgis woman facing assault charge after stabbing man with fork

Sturgis woman facing assault charge after stabbing man with fork

STURGIS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A gathering took a violent turn when police say a young woman pounced on a man, repeatedly stabbing him with a fork.

It happened at a home in White Pigeon early Tuesday morning.

The Sturgis woman, who admits she drew a fork and stabbed a man, is out of jail tonight--and while she's charged with assault, she tells us she was only trying to defend her fiancé.

Emily Carpenter walked out of the St. Joseph County Jail, into the arms of her fiancé Anthony Barnes after spending one night behind bars.

"The time here has definitely opened my eyes. Like the Scared Straight show, I am scared straight. I am a different person walking out of here than I was walking in for sure," she said.

Police say the 18-year-old mom was arrested Monday at a home on Riverside Drive, in White Pigeon, after stabbing a man with a fork in the head and neck in an attempt to defend her fiancé.

"Essentially what happened here was there was two males that were arguing in a different room, she came into that room and she grabbed a fork and she struck the subject in the head with a fork," explained Captain Jason Bingaman, with the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office.

Carpenter says her rage fueled the fork attack when she realized her fiancé was helpless and getting choked.

"I was not intending to make him hurt, I just wanted him to get off my boyfriend, I was not trying to murder him. I was not trying to make him bleed out in front of everybody. I just wanted him to know to get off my boyfriend," she said.

But the victim did bleed.

"He did have some puncture wounds in the back of his head and neck area," Capt. Bingaman said.

The Sturgis teen expressed her remorse Tuesday night.

"I was in tears; I have never stabbed somebody, I have never been that violent, and that scared me, so I just want to say I'm sorry and I hope he is watching this because I feel horrible," she said.

Carpenter was charged with felonious assault, and an outstanding warrant.

The victim was treated at the scene, and is expected to recover.

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