Jamestown Woman Jailed After Assaulting, Threatening Victim

A Jamestown woman was in city jail awaiting arraignment Sunday after assaulting and threatening an unidentified victim.

Police charged Megan R. Howell, 20, after responding at 5 a.m. to East Fifth Street for a report of a violent domestic incident involving a knife. Police said Howell allegedly beat a victim with a belt and a dog leash.

Howell also allegedly bit the victim in the back, causing redness and teeth marks, and choked the victim with the belt, police said.

According to a police report, Howell left the residence early Sunday morning, only to return a short time later with a knife. The Jamestown resident allegedly threatened to stab the victim.

Police said the victim managed to disarm Howell and unsuccessfully tried to call for help after Howell took the phone and hung up. The victim later dialed 911 while hiding in the bathroom, police said.

Howell was taken into custody and transported to city jail. She was charged with second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

Howell was awaiting arraignment in Jamestown City Court.