The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 18, 2013

Woman defends herself with a pair of pliers

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Police say a Joplin woman fended off her ex-boyfriend with a pair of needle-nose pliers when he attacked her this morning in violation of a protection order.

Both Alexander R. Parker, 33, and Autumn D. Taylor, 35, were taken to Freeman Hospital West for treatment of injuries following a domestic disturbance shortly before 9 a.m. outside Taylor’s residence at 715 Hill St.

Lt. Matt Stewart of the Joplin Police Department said Parker, who lives across the street from Taylor, allegedly approached her outside her house and began hitting her. Stewart said Taylor defended herself, stabbing Parker twice in the shoulder and once in the head with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

Parker was taken into custody at the scene of the disturbance and then transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. He was taken to Joplin City Jail following release from the hospital. Charges were being sought against him for second-degree domestic assault, possession of some methamphetamine allegedly found on his person and violation of a protection order.