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Jonesboro, AR--Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Jonesboro Woman Nearly Brings a House Down

May 18, 2006--Posted at 11:00 pm

JONESBORO-- An altercation on Granger Street last night leads to the arrest of a Jonesboro woman who is accused of ramming her car into a neighbors home.

We were at the justice complex today as the suspect was formally charged, but her family says she's not the suspect, she's the victim...

The suspect is 26-year-old Nicole Grider, she's charged with 1st degree criminal mischief, second degree battery and aggravated assault.

Police reports say it was an altercation that left a neighbor's home in shambles... And a teenager hurt.

"There was a small truck that had been rammed into a house," Detective Mike Banscum of the Jonesboro Police Department says.

"Apparently a neighbor across the street had a pit bull dog running loosing. There were verbal arguments which escalated into a physical altercation between the suspect and a neighbor," he says.

But the suspect's mother tells a different story...

"She, in my opinion not the suspect, she's the victim here," the suspects mother, Michelle Eaton says.

Her mother, who was at the home at the time of the incident, says the battle with the neighbors over their pit bull was ongoing.

And after the dog came toward a small child at the home, the suspect was infuriated, but it was the neighbors, the mother says that were responsible for what happened next...

"The woman grabbed her by the hair, pulled her down the street. Her boyfriend held her down and they beat her to a pulp. She was standing there covered in blood, walking around... Pacing...just in a frantic. Got into her car, took off from the driveway and just ran right into their house," Eaton says.

The police report states, however, that Grider attempted to hit a neighbor before missing and running into the home.

Another child, a 14-year old was inside, as the vehicle hit... The teen treated for minor injuries.

And although Grider was arrested at the scene, her mother says she's wrongly accused.

"I just don't agree with the system and the way they're holding my daughter and treating her as a suspect because she's not, she's the victim," Eaton says.

In the teases and promos leading up to this story, we stated that Miss Grider is employed as an exotic dancer. Tonight, she contacted us saying that was not true. She admitted to working at the platinum plus in Memphis as a waitress.

She posted bond... Her next court date is June 30th.

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