Man charged with stabbing wife

By Abby Morris
star staff
amorris@starhq.com

  An Elizabethton man was arrested early Thursday morning following a reported domestic altercation where he allegedly stabbed his wife.
  Brian Lowe, 41, 1111 Park St., was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. by officers of the Elizabethton Police Department and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence.
  According to police reports, officers were advised while they were en route to the residence that the male subject was armed with a knife and had cut his wife's hand.
  After arriving on the scene, Lowe's wife told police that she had managed to get the weapon away from her husband and had hid it in a washing machine. She said her husband had left the residence on foot. Officers told the woman to stay inside the residence for her safety and immediately conducted a search of the area.
  "Officers entered the residence and immediately noticed bloody handprints on the walls and doors. Capt. (Rusty) Verran documented this evidence with photographs," states an EPD police department report. "Officer (Patrick) White retrieved the knife from the washing machine in the kitchen. It was covered in blood and was immediately placed in an evidence bag and sealed."
  Lowe's wife was transported by the Carter County Rescue Squad to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment of the injury to her hand.
  After locating Lowe and placing him into custody and securing the residence, officers went to the hospital to speak with the victim. Lowe's wife told police she had picked her husband up from work around 5 p.m. on Wednesday and, after arriving at home, he left the residence, returned for a brief period and then left the residence again.
  "Mrs. Lowe advised he finally arrived for the night at around 1:30 a.m. and he was drunk. Mrs. Lowe advised that she asked Mr. Lowe to sleep on the couch due to his intoxication," states the police report. "Mr. Lowe then became irate and began waving the knife around. Mrs. Lowe stated that Mr. Lowe then fell on top of her and told her he 'was going to cut her (expletive) throat from ear to ear.' Mrs. Lowe stated that she struggled with Mr. Lowe and he began to choke her. It was during this time that Mrs. Lowe received cuts to her hand."
  The victim told officers that, during the struggle, she was able to get away from her husband and hid the knife in the washing machine.