Woman uses knife, vehicle on male friend during violent outburst

A Leavenworth, Kan. woman faces a pair of felonies after allegedly cutting an acquaintance during an argument at his residence last week before driving her vehicle into his garage three times while leaving. Jessica Pearson

According to a probable cause statement, Jessica Pearson, 31, came to the victim’s house on Wednesday, March 4, and he allowed her to stay overnight because she was drunk. She apparently left the residence at 19590 Settle Station Rd. in rural Platte County between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, March 5 but returned after an unknown amount of time.

The victim awoke to hear Pearson arguing and talking to herself while making food in his kitchen.

After allowing her to eat, the victim asked Pearson to leave because he had things to do. She reacted violently, becoming belligerent and breaking items in the house. She then exited the residence and returned with a knife from her vehicle, telling the victim to stay away from her and that she did not plan to leave.

At that time, Pearson swung the knife at the victim and slashed his left hand, creating a 3-inch long cut that ran from his second finger almost to his thumb that gaped open almost an inch wide.

Pearson continued to break items in the house, punching the glass out of an antique cabinet and “flailing around the floor” while kicking and screaming. She had taken the battery out of the victim’s cell phone and his residential phones, but he was able to obtain her phone and call 9-1-1 that afternoon.

At that time, Pearson agreed to leave, and the victim canceled his request for assistance from law enforcement. She then entered her Mercury Mountaineer SUV and drove it into the rear wall of his attached garage before reversing and striking other walls of the garage two more times.

Authorities responded to the scene after 2:30 p.m.

Pearson was taken to a local hospital where she conducted an interview with authorities. The detective speaking with her believed the suspect to be intoxicated or under the influence of an unknown substance. The detective later found a knife in her purse that appeared to have blood on it, and she admitted it was the knife used to assault the victim.

In charges filed the following day, Pearson is accused of felonious domestic assault and property damage. She remains in custody on a $25,000 cash-only bond at the Platte County Detention Center and faces up to 17 years in prison.