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Peru woman charged in knife incident

by Brian Powers - bpowers@perutribune.com

PERU — A Peru woman was arrested on multiple charges after officers from different agencies responded to a domestic dispute call in the early hours of March 3, according to a probable cause affidavit from Miami County Sheriff Deputy Greg Sutton.

The call from dispatch came at approximately 1:30 a.m. and Sutton stated he and Deputy Nate Freeman were both on other calls, so he requested assistance from the Indiana State Police and and Peru Police Department.

When Sutton was able to arrive on scene, he said ISP Trooper Roth and PPD Officer Atkins were in the residence and he was able to see the suspect, 35-year-old Tiffany Foust, inside.

“I observed a female later identified as Tiffany Foust in the kitchen with a knife to her throat and a small amount of blood on her neck in the area of the knife blade,” he wrote.

As officers attempted to negotiate with Foust, Sutton wrote she repeatedly said she was going to cut herself with the knife. She also reportedly denied striking the unnamed victim, also denying he had struck her.

The victim reportedly told officers he and Foust had been arguing earlier in the evening and she struck him in the eye and chased him with a knife, but his daughter was not able to see or hear the argument before the pair left the residence.

“He said that deputies had responded then but he had told them that he did not want to pursue charges at that time,” Sutton wrote.

Upon the return of authorities, the victim reportedly stated he did want charges pressed on Foust. He also reportedly admitted to returning to the residence, where he and Foust began arguing again and she once more grabbed a knife.

“This made (name redacted) feel threatened because he said she has stabbed him on three separate occasions in the past,” Sutton wrote.

Foust allegedly held the knife in front of her chest while the pair argued and then commenced to spit in the victim’s face. This was reportedly when the victim called police the second time.

According to Sutton, he photographed the injuries of both Foust and the victim on the scene. Sutton stated he asked Foust twice if she’d like to make a statement, and she refused; she also allegedly became belligerent in the back of the patrol car.

Once at the jail, Foust reportedly became belligerent again and she was placed in a padded cell in restraints.

“They advised me that she had resisted,” Sutton wrote. “She was still being verbally abusive to the staff.”

Foust was booked into the Miami County Jail on charges of domestic battery, intimidation with a deadly weapon and battery with a bodily fluid; she was given at $16,000 bond.