PD: Mesa woman accuses boyfriend of stabbing assault, video tells different story

Posted at 12:32 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 17:02:50-04

A Mesa woman accused her boyfriend of stabbing her, but surveillance video shows police a different story. 

Mesa police report that on October 8, they responded to a motel near Extension Road and Main Street. There they found 41-year-old Sarah Jaclyn Smith bleeding from her hand and arm. 

Smith reportedly told police that her boyfriend stabbed her and the motel door. 

However, police reviewed surveillance video at the motel and allegedly saw that it was Smith who chased down her boyfriend while he was trying to leave on a bicycle. 

In the video, police reportedly saw Smith stab the bike tires and chase her boyfriend as he retreated into the motel room. She is then reportedly seen stabbing the door. 

Her boyfriend allegedly told police that he opened the door, and Smith came in and tried to stab him, but he knocked the knife out of her hand with a chair. 

He then took the knife and left. 

Smith later changed her story and admitted to her actions, saying she cut herself when stabbing the bike tires. 

She's been charged with disorderly conduct and false reporting.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic or sexual violence, there are several local and national organizations offering resources. Anyone in need of immediate assistance should contact either the Maricopa County Shelter Line at 480-890-3039, the National 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 602-279-2900. A number of organizations are available 24 hours a day for anyone at risk of experiencing domestic or sexual violence. See a directory of domestic violence programs here