A late morning confrontation about a social media post between two women in south town recently landed a local woman a jail stay, with possible felony charges pending.
Katie M. Thomas, 34, of Atchison, was transported to the County Jail following her arrest for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, or in a manner to cause great bodily harm or disfigurement. After police identified Thomas as the suspect who they say struck a 54-year-old woman in the face with a heavy drinking glass.
Police responded about 11 a.m. Dec. 27, 2019 to a dispatch about fight involving two women, and an expressed concern of the potential danger because of the glass object in one’s hand in the Fifth Street and Spring Garden vicinity.
APD Chief of Police Mike Wilson said when police arrived at the residence in the 500 block of South Sixth Street they located Thomas inside the residence with a knife in her hand, which she immediately dropped to the floor. The victim suffered a cut to her eye area and was taken by private vehicle to the hospital where she was treated and released.
Police allege the suspect went to the victim’s residence to confront her about a social media post, Wilson said. A verbal argument ensued that escalated into a physical altercation.
Thomas remained in the county jail on Friday Jan. 3 Monday. Her bond has been set at $20,000.
Judd Herbster, a Kansas City-based attorney was appointed to serve as Thomas’ defense counsel. The defendant and her attorney are scheduled for the 1 p.m. criminal docket Monday, Jan. 6 in district court.
Thomas has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim involved in the case.
The KBI Offender Registration indicates that Thomas is a lifetime registrant as a violent offender, registered since Aug. 6, 2014.