LaGrange Police have arrested three women who became involved in a violent dispute over a man. All three females ended up being charged as a result of the incident, but one faces a serious felony assault charge.
Saturday evening about 6:50 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the 100 block of Peachtree Court in reference to an injured person.
Officers arrived and spoke to the eventual assault suspect, Ashley Nicole Burgess, who stated she was beaten up by Lashanta Smith and Danielle Smith.
Burgess told police that she came to the location to confront one of the Smith sisters about seeing her boyfriend after finding her number on his phone. Burgess claimed she pulled up to the residence and both sisters physically jumped on her and beat her to the ground.
Burgess insisted she just wanted to talk, but they began fighting in the street and she was only defending herself.
Police also spoke to Lashanta Smith, who stated Burgess came to their residence and accused her and her sister of going out with her boyfriend. She stated Burgess had a pepper spray bottle in her hand and was cursing and screaming at them, so she walked out to the street and met with her. Burgess then allegedly sprayed her with the pepper spray and the two got into a physical altercation. Smith stated her sister then came outside and tried to break up the fight.
Lashanta Smith stated Burgess then got into her car and attempted to strike her with her vehicle. Burgess then got out of her car and attacked her again with something shiny in her right hand. They then began fighting again until her sister pointed out that she was bleeding, at which point she noticed a cut to her arm. The sisters then reported the incident to 911.
Danielle Smith confirmed her sister’s statements, but added that Burgess had been calling them over a dozen times since about 4 p.m. She also told police that Burgess had knife in her hand during the second physical altercation.
Paramedics responded to the scene and provided medical aid to Lashanta Smith for a laceration on her left arm.
When questioned about the cut, Burgess stated she must have cut her with her nails. Burgess also initially denied having had any pepper spray, but later admitted she had held onto some during the altercation. Burgess claimed to have not sprayed the mace.
All three females were taken to the LaGrange Police Department for further interviews. As a result of the subsequent investigation all three subjects were placed under arrest.
Burgess, age 23; D. Smith, age 27; and L. Smith, age 31, were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail charged with Disorderly Conduct.
Burgess was additionally charged with Aggravated Assault with a Knife.