Hit with Fish Mount

Submitted by Buck on 05/04/2004 at 19:35. ( )


Something was fishy Monday when police arrested a 25-year-old Saginaw woman they say attacked her live-in boyfriend with a mounted fish.
A state police trooper responded to a domestic dispute about 9 a.m. on Capehart east of Livingston in Saginaw, where a 25-year-old man claimed he was the victim of a knife assault.

The man had several small cuts on his arms, right leg and left shoulder, as well as a bite wound on the same shoulder, a Saginaw police report said.

The wo-man told authorities she bit her boyfriend back after he bit her first.

That's when she reached for the fish, the report said.

An investigator did not find any knives after inspecting the home, where the couple, which have children between them, have lived for several years, the report said.

Each claimed the other triggered the quarrel, which apparently arose over the boyfriend's efforts to leave the house, the couple told investigators.

The woman told Trooper John Trafelet of the Bridgeport Post she never used a knife to fend off the man, who tackled her and "punched her several times softly in the head."

She also claimed she was acting in self-defense when she armed herself with a taxidermist's handiwork.

"She could not get away, so she grabbed a decorative fish off the mantle of the fireplace and hit him several times until he let her go," the report said.

"She states that if he has injuries, they could be from the decorative fish she hit him with," the report said.

Trafelet said he believed the fish was "something like a swordfish."

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