A 41-year-old Maryville woman who told Blount County Sheriff’s deputies that her son punched her in the head Tuesday afternoon is in more legal trouble than he is.

She is accused for strangling a woman and interfering with her son’s arrest and her own.

Karen Faye Gribble, Breedlove Lane, Maryville, was arrested by BCSO deputies at 4:11 p.m. April 16 and charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search.

She is free on bonds totaling $7,000 pending a 1:30 p.m. hearing April 22 in Blount County General Sessions Court.

Although witness accounts differ in some details, they agree that a fight began when Gribble grabbed a bag belonging to her son’s girlfriend, a 19-year-old from Townsend, and during that altercation her son punched her in the side of the head.

Deputies saw red markings on the side of Gribble’s head, a swollen middle finger and skin peeling from fighting on a gravel road. She told deputies she did not want to press charges against him.

The girlfriend’s sister, a 21-year-old woman from Townsend, told deputies the two young women were sitting on a bed when Gribble became angry, grabbed her by the neck and choked her. Deputies saw red markings on the right side of the 21-year-old’s neck.

The 19-year-old girlfriend said she was packing her things and attempting to leave the residence when Gribble grabbed her bag and they began fighting. She said that to protect her, the boyfriend hit his mother in the head, because he and his father were unable to pull Gribble off of her. Deputies observed markings on her back from fighting on the gravel road.

When deputies placed the son in handcuffs, Gribble wrapped both arms around his right arm and they told her to let go, according to their report. Deputies then put her in handcuffs but said on the way to the patrol vehicle she pulled away multiple times, refused commands to sit down in the vehicle and placed her left foot on the back tire. A deputy removed her foot, and she sat down without further incident.

The son was charged with simple domestic assault and is free on $3,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing April 25 in Blount County General Sessions Court.

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