Police Identify Suspects, Victims In Fayetteville Double Stabbing

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Two women got into a fight involving knives, and one was slashed, while the other slashed a neighbor who was trying to intervene, Fayetteville Police said Thursday (Sept. 20).

According to a preliminary report from the Fayetteville Police, Melissa Latree Briscoe, 35, and Kissie T. Palmer, 38, both of South Curtis Avenue in Fayetteville, have been arrested on charges related to two reported stabbings Wednesday (Sept. 19).

According to police, when officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 870 S. Curtis Ave. at 7:49 p.m. police found a woman with lacerations to her arms and rib cage and a man with a neck laceration.

Police said Palmer and a male neighbor, Austin Ferguson, were the ones who were stabbed.

5NEWS spoke with Ferguson following his release from the hospital. He said he was outside of his apartment with his family and friends having a barbeque when the fight broke out, and that's when he stepped in to try and break up the fight. He says he saw a woman draw back a butcher knife, and the next thing he knew he was on the ground.

" I felt something hit my neck and I reached up and I've got blood gushing everywhere and I just realized that I just got stabbed. As soon as I realized I was stabbed my legs gave out and I dropped straight to the ground," Ferguson said.

According to the reports, when officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 870 S. Curtis Ave. about 7:49 p.m. police found a woman with lacerations to her arms and rib cage and a man with a neck laceration.

Briscoe was interviewed by police and said she and her neighbor, Palmer, had been involved in an argument and a physical fight on Tuesday (Sept. 18).

Briscoe told police Palmer threatened her and she tried to hit Palmer with a hammer but missed. The two then fell to the ground fighting and were pulled apart by neighbors, police said.

The next day, Palmer had been threatening and intimidating Briscoe since the first fight, Briscoe told police.

Palmer then produced a knife and threatened Briscoe and her teenage son, so Briscoe retrieved a knife from her apartment and attacked Palmer, police said.

Police said they talked with Briscoe's teenage son, who confirmed the women had been arguing. He told police Palmer and her daughter confronted him while he was outside, and Palmer threw a glass that shattered at his feet, causing cuts to his shin.

The boy said as he tried to leave, a man grabbed him and held him while Palmer rushed at him with a knife, police said. The teenager was able to free himself from the man's grasp and run into his apartment through the back door.

He said his mother was still outside, and his uncle, David Driver, told police both women had knives.

Briscoe told police that as she was swinging the knife at Palmer, she accidentally hit the male neighbor in the neck as he was trying to break them up.

Briscoe then continued her attack on Palmer and cut her on the arms and rib cage, police said.

Briscoe was arrested on two counts of first-degree battery. Palmer was treated and released from a local hospital, then arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.

Briscoe and Palmer were being held Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center on bonds of $3,500 and $2,500, respectively.

The pair have hearings set for Oct. 24 in Washington County Circuit Court.