The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

September 13, 2012

Cassville man stabbed; Monett woman in jail

MONETT, Mo. — A Monett woman was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic assault after her boyfriend sought treatment for a stab wound to the chest.

Monett police Chief Timothy Schweder said Jonathan Gemmecke, 32, of Cassville, drove himself to the emergency room of Cox Monett Hospital late Wednesday morning with a life-threatening stab wound to the lower right side of his chest. He was flown by medical helicopter to a Springfield hospital where he remained in critical but stable condition on Thursday, according to Schweder.

The police chief said Gemmecke initially told police that he was stabbed by a man on a bicycle outside a house on Fourth Street in Monett, but that account proved to be untrue. Officers eventually went to an address where they believed the assault did take place and found blood outside the residence.

No one answered the door at the address, but officers made entry and located a woman and child inside, Schweder said. Based on evidence gathered at the scene and statements from witnesses, the woman was arrested on suspicion of assault, he said. The police chief said no injuries were noted on the suspect.

“We did remove two knives from the house,” Schweder said.

Charges had yet to be filed Thursday afternoon. The woman’s name was being withheld Thursday by police.

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