Couple accused of robbing, stabbing former roommate

Reddie Rhoades (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
Reddie Rhoades (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A judge found probable cause Thursday to charge a couple with attacking a Blytheville woman during a home burglary.

Early on the morning of July 4, a man and woman entered a 57-year-old woman's home on Chickasawba Street and attacked her with a knife.

The victim told police that earlier in the night she had evicted the suspects, later identified as 45-year-old Jeffery Rhoades and his wife, 57-year-old Reddie Rhoades.

She said the couple knocked on the door around 1:30 a.m. then forced their way into the house.

The victim said Jeffery Rhoades held her at knifepoint and demanded she hand over her purse and the keys to her car, according to a report from Captain Scott Adams.

The woman said he then began stabbing her with the knife. The woman, who tried to defend herself, suffered several wounds to her face, neck, and hands. She was flown to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis in critical condition.

After getting her purse and car keys, the suspects drove off in the victim's car.

That same day, at 2:30 p.m., Putnam County sheriff's deputies in Indiana located the victim's car following a single-car crash.

Deputies arrested Jeffery Rhoades at the scene. While taking him into custody, his wife walked up. According to Adams, deputies noticed that both of the suspects were wearing bloody clothing and arrested her.

On July 13 the couple was extradited to Blytheville and arraigned in district court.

District Judge Shannon Langston found probable cause to charge Reddie Rhoades with aggravated residential burglary and theft of property. Her bond was set at $15,000.

Langston also found probable cause to charge Jeffery Rhoades with aggravated residential burglary, theft of property, and second-degree battery. His bond was set at $50,000.

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in circuit court on Aug. 31.

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