//Knife-wielding Valdosta man attacks woman, threatens others

Knife-wielding Valdosta man attacks woman, threatens others

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On January 6, 2021, at approximately 2:04 am., a citizen called Lowndes County 911 to report that a victim was being assaulted at a residence in the 2800 block of Caldwell Drive. The citizen reported that the offender, later identified as Xyzavier Matchett, was threatening people with a knife. When the first officer arrived on the scene, he encountered Matchett arguing with a female on the scene, while holding a large butcher style knife. The officer gave Matchett several verbal commands to drop the knife, but Matchett refused. The officer deployed his conducted electrical weapon (taser) and energized Matchett causing Matchett to drop the knife. Matchett was taken into custody.  

Officers then located a 54-year old female, who is related to Matchett, sitting in a vehicle bleeding profusely from her face. Officers immediately provided first aid to her and noticed she had visible facial injuries. The victim reported that Matchett had physically assaulted her and held a knife to her throat. Emergency Medical Services responded and transported the victim to the hospital for treatment for her injuries.

Matchett was transported to Lowndes County Jail, where he is being held on the following charges:
Aggravated assault-felony;
Aggravated battery-felony; and
Obstruction of a law enforcement officer-misdemeanor.

“We are so thankful that the citizen called 911 to report this incident. I am proud of the response from our officer who arrived on the scene quickly, controlled the offender, and prevented any further assault from occurring. “ Chief Leslie Manahan