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May 11, 2012

Woman charged with severing man’s hand

WATTS —  

An Adair County woman is facing charges for assault and battery with a deadly weapon following an altercation last month that left the victim with his left hand  severed at the wrist.
According to Watts Police Chief Matthew Stilwell, Amy Allen, 28, cut off the left hand of Ryan Joe Hager, 22, with a 4-1/2-foot samurai sword during an argument that turned physical in the suspect’s living room. 
The April 25 incident took place at Allen’s residence in Watts.
“Mr. Hager came over to the [suspect’s] residence and they got into an argument over money,” said Stilwell. “According to witnesses, he was told leave when asked about $50 that was owed to the suspect. They argued over the money, and the victim was asked about stealing a half gram of meth when it turned physical.”
Stilwell said Allen grabbed the sword and swung it at Hager, who was struck in the joint-wrist area of his left arm.
“They weren’t really good friends,” said Stilwell. “They were acquaintances through other friends.”
Stilwell said Adair County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Jeremy Alverson assisted him with the interviews, and once those were concluded, the reports were turned into the District Attorney’s Office. Charges were issued for assault and battery with a deadly weapon for Allen.
Stilwell said he made contact with Allen and convinced her to turn herself in to the Watts Police Department, which she did voluntarily around 11 a.m. on May 3. 
Witnesses included Allen’s husband and a child who arrived at the residence with Hager. 
The Watts Police Chief said the suspect and her husband reported they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, and no drugs were reported discovered at the scene.
According the Adair County DA’s office, Allen’s hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. May 31. The incident report stated the Hager was transported by the suspect to Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital before being life-flighted to a hospital in Springfield, Mo.

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