Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Woman charged with felony battery

Police allege defendant stabbed man with ballpoint pen

Express Staff Writer

Chrystal Brook Mollica

A 30-year-old Sun Valley woman has been charged with aggravated battery, a felony, for allegedly stabbing a man in the chest with a ballpoint pen, cutting his right arm with a knife and hitting him over the head with a wine bottle.

Chrystal Brook Mollica was arrested on the charge early Saturday morning by Sun Valley police. She made an initial appearance Monday afternoon in Blaine County Magistrate Court. The Roark Law Firm in Hailey was appointed public defender and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 19. Mollica was released from the Blaine County jail later Monday after posting $10,000 bond.

Interim Sun Valley Police Chief Walt Femling described the incident leading to the arrest as a “domestic squabble that turned violent.”

He said police were called by the alleged victim to the couple’s condominium at Elkhorn Village at about 4 a.m.

Femling said the man was injured but “refused medical treatment at the scene.” Aggravated battery, as opposed to simple or misdemeanor battery, is defined as causing “great bodily harm or disability.” A battery is also often charged as a felony if a deadly weapon, such as a knife, is involved.

Femling said he did not know how the squabble started, but that the woman allegedly attacked the man with a knife, which the man was able to wrest away from her but not before getting cut on the arm. Mollica then allegedly inflicted a puncture wound in his chest with the pen and hit him on the head with the bottle.

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