Sidewalk altercation leads to arrest

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 3, 2008

FRANKLIN—A public altercation Tuesday resulted in the recovery of a butcher knife and the arrest of a Franklin woman.

At about 1:22 p.m., police were called to Dollar General store at 1100 Armory Drive in Franklin Plaza in reference to two females fighting on the sidewalk near the store.

According to Lt. Timothy Whitt, when officers arrived, there was no one fighting, but officers &uot;came in contact&uot; with a person who had suffered injuries.

The second female had already fled into the store.

The witness who had suffered injuries told police that the other woman had pulled a butcher knife on her and had attempted to use it.

Whitt said no contact was made with the knife, however.

Officers recovered the knife and took the suspect into custody inside the store.

Whitt said apparently the two women had agreed to meet at that location to discuss a money issue.

Erica Evans-Elder, 26, of Railroad Avenue, had allegedly used the personal information of the other woman’s son for tax purposes. The incident that began as a meeting ended up in a violent altercation on the sidewalk area near the store, police said.

Evans-Elder was charged with attempted unlawful wounding and identity theft. She was released on a $5,000 secure bond.

Both of the women were treated for minor injuries at the police department by rescue personnel.

The alleged victim, 30, also of Franklin, refused transport to the hospital.

The Tidewater News does not publish the names of victims of possible crimes.

Officer Joseph Spurling was in charge of the investigation.