Baxter County woman arrested after man attacked with machete

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The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a rural Mountain Home on domestic violence charges after responding to a reported disturbance Saturday evening, Oct. 26, according to a release from Sheriff John F. Montgomery.

Dawn Louise Rowland (pictured), 44, was arrested on charges of felony first-degree domestic battery and charges of misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental operations

According to Sheriff Montgomery, his office received a report around 7 p.m. on Saturday of a physical domestic disturbance at 2325 Highway 5 North in which a man was reported to be cut up badly and lying on the ground covered in blood.

Deputies responded and made contact with Rowland, who became extremely agitated, according to the release. Officers said she was carrying a bottle of vodka. Deputies then found the male victim in front of the residence in a pool of blood and broken glass. He told deputies that he had been attacked by Rowland and had been cut up with a knife, which turned out to be a machete, according to authorities. He had several gashes and was quickly transported by ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home for treatment. The victim suffered serious injuries. He was found to have four deep gashes from the machete as well as other cuts from broken glass. The machete was found, seized, and taken into evidence.

While in the process of trying to load the victim for transport, Rowland came over and was yelling, being very argumentative and refusing to stop interfering with the ambulance crew, the release said. While Rowland was placed under arrest, officers noted she resisted the arrest. A deputy then used a taser device to subdue Rowland.

Rowland was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where she is being held in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond. She will appear before the Baxter County Circuit Court on Nov. 7.

Image via Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

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