A woman was arrested late Sunday in Caldwell after Canyon County sheriff’s deputies said she forced her way into a home and proceeded to stab and bite the homeowner.
Shannon Marie Laney is charged with felony aggravated battery, as well as misdemeanors for battery, unlawful entry and resisting arrest.
According to court documents, deputies arrived at a Caldwell home around 11:45 p.m. after the homeowner called 911 to report that she was being attacked with a knife by an unknown intruder. When police arrived, the homeowner met them outside the house. Her left hand was wrapped in a bloody towel and she had bite marks on her right arm. She told police the woman who had attacked her was still inside with a knife.
The homeowner allegedly told police that she woke up to a woman pounding on her windows and screaming for help. She thought the figure at the window could be her granddaughter, so she opened the front door. She quickly realized the person at the window was a stranger, but the woman pushed past her into the house screaming that she was being chased. The homeowner told police she did see another woman down the driveway with a flashlight.
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The intruder was “acting strangely and not making sense,” the homeowner told police. The homeowner had asked the intruder to leave and was calling police when the woman allegedly attacked her.
When deputies entered the house, they found the intruder, later identified as Laney, crouching on the floor in the kitchen and crying hysterically.
“She had blood on her hands and clothing and a small folding pocket knife,” the deputy wrote in a police report.
According to the deputy, Laney did not comply with repeated orders to move away from the knife and get on the ground. When she did finally move away from the weapon, the deputy said she struggled and resisted being handcuffed.
“I was able to easily overcome her resistance, as she was only 5-feet-3-inches and weighed only 110 pounds,” the deputy reported.
The deputy said Laney “appeared to be under the influence of some kind of narcotic,” and she allegedly told the homeowner she had been using drugs with her girlfriend. Laney has a previous 2017 conviction for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
The court documents allege that Laney “would say one minute she had been using drugs and then deny it the next minute.” She also reportedly told deputies that her kids deserved better before telling them she didn’t want to talk about the Sunday night incident.
The homeowner was treated for minor wounds, according to police, and Laney was booked into Canyon County Jail, where she remained on Tuesday morning.
If convicted, Laney could face up to 15 years in prison on the felony charge alone. She’s scheduled to appear in court on June 30.