Man charged with aggravated assault after knife attack blames girlfriend

27-year-old Royriques Thomas was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after his girlfriend reported he chased her outside Cherokee Square Apartments with a knife.

On September 13th, Memphis Police Officers Golden and Feffer were dispatched to Cherokee Square Apartments located at 2884 Filmore Avenue, in response to a disturbance call. The officers first spoke with Jan Williams who told them that her boyfriend, Royriques Thomas, assaulted her with a knife. She explained that Thomas chased her outside with a knife in hand and attempted to stab her.

Royriques Thomas (SCSO)
Royriques Thomas (SCSO)

During the chase, he dropped the knife but hit her in the face causing her face to smash against a brick wall. The officers arrived on the scene and attempted to detain Thomas, who resisted arrest until being taken to the ground and subdued. He later told authorities that he did not have the knife, claiming Williams was the person wielding it and that he only defended himself by swinging a chair at her.

Royriques Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

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