BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Tamesha Shantell Smith, 30, was arrested yesterday evening after pointing a gun at a pregnant woman and threatening to kill her. Her 13-year-old daughter was listed as a co-defendant on a simple battery charge.
The incident began around 8:00 p.m. on January 1 when Smith and the victim started arguing verbally outside Smith’s apartment in the Woodland Park area. At the time, the victim was walking home from the store with her 4-year-old daughter. The argument escalated into a physical altercation after Smith reportedly accused the victim of cursing at Smith’s son. After Smith admitted losing the fight, the victim headed home to her nearby apartment but stopped by a neighbor’s apartment first.
While the victim was in the neighbor’s apartment, Smith allegedly arrived with her 13-year-old daughter, pulled out a pistol, pointed it at the victim and said, “I’m going to kill you like your brother killed [my brother].” One of the occupants of the apartment grabbed Smith’s hand, disarmed her, and removed the magazine from the gun. Smith and her daughter then allegedly attacked the victim together, with the victim receiving minor injuries before the fight was broken up and Smith and her daughter fled on foot.
The occupants of the neighbor’s apartment confirmed the victim’s account of what happened in their apartment. One occupant said he had disarmed Smith and had also broken up the fight. He said that another man picked up the gun and drove away, but he gave the magazine to the police.
Post Miranda, Smith reportedly admitted to having confronted the victim in front of her apartment, that they had engaged in a fight, and that the victim had won the fight. She said she was unaware that the victim was pregnant. Smith also admitted going to the neighbor’s apartment but claimed she was unaware that the victim was already there. She admitted to owning a 9mm handgun but did not admit pulling it on the victim or threatening the victim with it. She refused to give the location of the handgun. She has been charged with aggravated assault, simple battery, and contributing to the delinquency of a child. Her daughter was charged with simple battery.
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