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Rachel Smith Arrested After Allegedly Attempting To Stab Father

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A Richmond woman is behind bars after allegedly attempting to stab her father when he tried to keep her from leaving the house with her young daughter while drunk, a police spokeswoman said today.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Rachel Smith on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing an officer on Sunday night in connection with the incident, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Smith was at a home in the 3900 block of Jenkins Way with her father and 6-year-old daughter around 7:10 p.m. when she tried to leave with the girl, according to Abetkov.

An argument erupted after Smith’s father tried to prevent her from taking the girl because she was intoxicated, and the suspect allegedly wielded a knife and tried to stab him, the spokeswoman said.

The father was able to defend himself without injury. The child was also uninjured.

Officers arrived on the scene a short time later and took Smith into custody.

While sitting in the back of the police patrol car, the suspect became combative with officers and attempted to kick out the vehicle’s back windows, Abetkov said.

Officers placed the woman in a WRAP – a full-body restraint system similar to a seatbelt – and took her to county jail in Martinez.

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