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Le Grand parking spot dispute results in stabbing, all parties in jail

LE GRAND — A Le Grand woman was stabbed and taken to UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown for treatment after an altercation over a parking spot.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Joel Phillips said at 5 p.m. Wednesday deputies were called to a trailer court at 605 W. Main St. lot 47, on report of two females fighting in a driveway. When deputies arrived they found Ashley Reynolds bleeding from her right arm and right shoulder from a steak knife cut.

The suspect, Gabrielle Taft, of lot 43, was taken into custody and charged with willful injury-causing serious injury, a Class C felony, according to a court records. She was also charged with criminal mischief.

After an investigation, deputies learned there has been an ongoing parking dispute between Reynolds, Taft, and Stacy Washington, of Le Grand. Specifically, Washington was allegedly parking his vehicle in Taft’s driveway. Taft called Reynolds and threatened to slash the tires of Washington’s vehicle unless it was moved, Phillips said. Reynolds decided to go outside and sit on the hood of Washington’s vehicle and wait for Taft to come out. An altercation ensued, Phillips said, with allegations that Taft stabbed Reynolds and reports Reynolds had hit Taft. Reynolds was treated and released after treatment.

At 10:45 p.m. that evening a deputy came across a vehicle parked on the 2700 block of Ridge Road – the same vehicle involved in the parking dispute.

The deputy observed Reynolds and Washington dumping construction waste in the ditch and were arrested and taken into custody for littering and no vehicle insurance. Both were transported to Marshall County Jail.

“It was the kind of situation everyone went to jail,” Phillips said. “We always encourage the public to contact law enforcement and not take matters into their own hands.”