Husband, wife arrested across state lines following Blytheville stabbing

Couple arrested for reportedly stabbing woman
Reddie Rhodes (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Reddie Rhodes (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Police say a husband and wife are in custody suspected in the stabbing of a woman reported on the Fourth of July.

Just before 1:30 Monday morning, police arrived at a residence in the 1100-block of Chickasawba St.

Captain Scott Adams, Criminal Investigation Division Commander for the Blytheville Police Department states officers found 57-year-old Billie Marie Minyard "holding a rag to the left side of her face" and covered in blood.

Officers reported finding several stab wounds to Minyard's face and neck. She also had defensive wounds on her hands.

Minyard told officers she had evicted her two roommates Sunday night.

According to the woman, former roommates Jeffery Rhodes, 45, and his wife, Reddie Rhodes, 57, knocked on her door and forced their way into the house wielding a knife.

Jeffery Rhodes reportedly held the woman at knifepoint and told her to cooperate or "he would cut her throat." Reddie Rhodes then demanded the keys to Minyard's red, 2011 Nissan Sentra along with the victim's purse.

The victim told police Jeffery Rhodes then stabbed her as she tried to defend herself.

The husband and wife drove away in the stolen car.

Meanwhile, Minyard was airlifted to the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where she remains in critical condition.

Around 2:30 p.m. on July 4, Adams states deputies of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in Indiana found Minyard's stolen car involved in a single-car accident.

Jeffery and Reddie Rhodes were arrested at the crash scene. Both were wearing bloody clothes, according to the deputies.

The couple will be extradited back to Blytheville and arraigned on charges of second-degree domestic battery as well as theft.

Adams states other charges are possible after further review by the prosecutor's office.

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