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Sword-wielding woman faces charges

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A local woman is facing charges after allegedly swinging a sword at people in her neighborhood.

Rowine Conley, 59, of Roswell, is charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespass, according to court documents.

The incident happened at about 3:57 p.m. Thursday when police were dispatched to a 600 block of South Missouri Avenue address in reference to a report of a woman who had come onto a property and begun swinging her sword at people.

When police arrived, they found Conley in her backyard shouting at police officers.

According to the court documents, a woman who lives nearby told a police officer that she had witnessed Conley leaving the property where the incident had happened after swinging the sword. The woman told police Conley then came onto her property carrying the sword in her right hand and walking up the ramp to the woman’s house.

Court documents state the woman told police she reacted to Conley’s arrival by picking up a nearby shovel and threatening to hit Conley with it if she came any closer.

Conley then reacted by stepping off the ramp and to the side before swinging the sword at the woman. She said Conley then hit a wooden handle on the ramp with her sword before she allegedly “attempted to poke” her with the sword.

The woman said she then retreated from Conley and went back into her residence.

As of Tuesday, she was still being held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to a jail population summary report released Tuesday morning.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.