Women stop man’s attack on girlfriend in Asheville


Jombya Poore (Photo credit: WLOS)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville police say two women who stopped a man from attacking his girlfriend acted bravely, but they aren’t encouraging others to get involved in fights.

37-year-old Candice Allen and 30-year-old Jombya Poore were treated and released from an area hospital for cuts. Police said the two intervened when they saw a 26-year-old man beating his 16-year-old girlfriend Saturday in downtown Asheville.

Witnesses said when confronted, the man pulled a knife on the two women. Lt. Wally Welch says Allen wrestled the knife away from the man.

Welch says Zachary Kurt Hamilton is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney.

While the actions of the women were brave, police encourage victims and witnesses to always call 911 for help.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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