By Ryan Yousefi
A Margate woman was charged with aggravated battery with bodily harm after allegedly stabbing her brother during a heated argument over borrowed clothes.
On Thursday, February 23, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency domestic violence call near the 5000 block of North State Road 7.
According to the police report, the aggressor, later identified as Melissa Maria Hollman, 45, of Margate, and her brother, the alleged victim, who are both homeless, got into an argument on the street that quickly turned physical.
The report stated that when deputies arrived on the scene, they encountered the victim in the altercation sitting in a pool of blood with an apparent laceration to his arm.
The victim told deputies the laceration he sustained resulted from his sister, Hollman, stabbing him under his arm with a finger blade with a blue handle. Medical personnel that arrived on the scene noted in the report the victim sustained a 1-inch laceration to his left arm.
The victim alleges in the report the argument that led to Hollman stabbing him began after she thought he had taken her clothes without asking and was repeatedly demanding them back.
The report shows a witness at the scene called 911 during the altercation. After a brief interview, the victim was transported to Broward General Health for medical attention.
In an attempt to gain her side of the story, deputies made multiple attempts to question Hollman on the scene. However, she repeatedly denied all allegations and refused to give a sworn taped statement of what occurred.
Contrary to what the victim told police, Hollman also denied knowing the victim or being related to him. The report states it is still unclear whether the victim and Hollman are biologically related but that the victim told police Hollman is, in fact, his sister.
Despite the victim’s injuries and the seriousness of the incident, he later declined to give a sworn taped statement or allow deputies to take photographs of his injuries. The victim was also unwilling to press charges against Hollman for the incident.
After gaining enough evidence and interviewing witnesses, Hollman was arrested on the scene and later transported to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Main Jail.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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