Woman arrested for disturbance

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A city woman was taken into custody Tuesday evening after she caused a disturbance at the Charlotte Taylor Center by threatening court officials and police and likening herself to a serial killer.
   Terri Lynn Montgomery, 23, 608 Locust St., was taken into custody around 6:30 by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Joy Shoun and charged with resisting arrest and retaliation for past acts.
   According to police, Shoun and EPD Ptl. Michael Sproviero were called to the Charlotte Taylor Center, 426 E. G St., regarding a patient who was making threatening statements.
   Myra Edgeworth, a Frontier Health employee, said she came to the hospital to evaluate Montgomery. "Ms. Edgeworth stated that Ms. Montgomery has a violent background and on this date she began making further statements threatening violence," Shoun said in a police report. "Ms. Edgeworth stated that Ms. Montgomery told her that she had a court appearance scheduled for Monday, Feb. 9, to appear before Judge (John) Walton. Ms. Montgomery stated that if the judge or district attorneys try to add any more time she would slash them with box cutters."
   According to Edgeworth, Montgomery said that if police tried to get involved, she would "do whatever it takes".
   "She also made mention that she sees herself as a possible serial killer or mass murderer and made several honorable mentions to individuals like Ted Bundy and Charles Manson," Shoun said in the report.
   "Officers consulted with Assistant District Attorney Ken Baldwin and were advised that, due to the nature of the threats made towards the court, Ms. Montgomery was to be charged with retaliation for past actions," Shoun said.
   When officers entered the room to speak to Montgomery, she ran toward a side door, but police restrained her. "Ms. Montgomery was very irate and began to calm down. She stated that she would cooperate and quit resisting," Shoun said. "When she was brought to her feet she once again became violent and lunged towards Officer Sproviero."
   Police braced Montgomery against a wall, but she again became violent. Shoun used a chemical agent to calm her down, according to the report.
   Police found a small, yellow box cutter in Montgomery's right front pocket.
   Shoun took Montgomery to the Carter County Jail. "While escorting Ms. Montgomery into the jail she addressed me and stated, 'I should have cut you with that box cutter when I had the chance'," Shoun said.
   According to court records, Montgomery was scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court Feb. 9 on a vandalism charge.
   Montgomery appeared in General Sessions Court yesterday on the two charges of resisting arrest and retaliation for past actions and that case was reset for Feb. 9.