GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Shaquita Joyce McLean, 35, was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated battery and obstructing justice after allegedly stabbing a man with a grilling fork. It was also her second arrest in three days.
The victim reportedly told an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy that he and McLean have known each other for several months and that he often drove her to work. On Thursday, McLean came over to his house to watch a movie, and the victim said he was laughing at the movie but McLean thought he was laughing at her; she allegedly produced a knife and tried to stab him. The victim said he was able to evade the attack and took the knife from her but received a cut on his forearm that was about two inches long.
The victim reportedly said that McLean then went to the kitchen and found a two-pronged grilling fork, then stabbed him in the upper abdomen, resulting in a two-inch wound.
Post Miranda, McLean reportedly said the victim had grabbed her while she was walking and dragged her into his apartment. She said she was choked until she was almost unconscious but fought off her attacker by hitting him with a clothes iron and then a fire extinguisher.
However, the deputy reportedly found text messages on McLean’s phone between her and the victim, proving that they weren’t strangers. When McLean was asked to explain that, she reportedly said she lets random people in Holly Heights use her phone.
A white jacket with fresh blood stains was found in the bushes near where McLean was detained; when she was asked why she discarded the jacket, she said she didn’t know why she threw it in the bushes.
After McLean was arrested, she reportedly said she wanted to tell the truth and admitted that she had gone to the victim’s house to “chill” and later decided to leave. She said that the victim grabbed her by the arm to prevent her from leaving, and she saw a knife and grabbed it but the victim sliced his own arm when he reached for the knife. She reportedly said he wrestled her over the knife and choked her, so she got the meat fork and the victim approached her, stabbing himself in the abdomen.
The report notes that blood was found in various spots on the floor, walls, and furniture, and there were a knife and grilling fork with blood on them. A clothes iron and fire extinguisher were also reportedly found on the floor.
McLean was also arrested on Nov. 8 on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of driving without a valid license; she was pulled over for driving 20 mph under the speed limit and cited again for driving without a valid license.
McLean remains in the Alachua County Jail; bail information is unavailable.
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