Wife charged with aggravated assault over knife attack on husband
CHINO VALLEY – A husband-and-wife dispute on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, fueled by the wife’s rage over a lack of alcohol at the family home in the 3500 block of West Chapparal Lane erupted into the wife stabbing at her spouse with a kitchen knife, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman, identified as Donna Lefurgey, 51, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and three counts of disorderly conduct. She was booked at the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde and remains in custody; no bond has yet been established.
At about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a family fight outside the home that escalated such that Lefurgey hit her 55-year-old husband several times in the face before grabbing a knife from inside the house and making “stabbing motions” at him.
The husband managed to wrestle the knife away from her, but sustained cuts to his left hand in the process, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn stated in a news release.
The husband’s identity was not released because of the law protects victims of domestic violence, D’Evelyn said. The husband told deputies his wife became angry “because she was out of alcohol.”
She lashed out at him, striking him in the face several times before he backed away, falling in the process. Lefurgey then went back inside where she grabbed the knife, the news release stated.
Chino Valley police officers arrived at the home with ambulance crews, and detained Lefurgey pending deputies’ arrival at the home.