Mother: stabbing suspect not ‘some random visitor’

LIHU‘E — Police arrested a Lawa‘i woman Tuesday morning after a 30-year-old man was reportedly stabbed on his left leg following an altercation.

A county press release Wednesday stated that Nicole Gonsalves, 25, went to the victim’s residence Tuesday early in the morning, and after an altercation with another woman and the male, she allegedly stabbed him.

But the stabbing suspect’s mother said a portion of the story is wrong.

Gonsalves’ mother, Laura Menezes, said her daughter and the alleged victim lived in the house together.

“She found him at home, at her house, with another woman, and that’s how the fight broke out,” Menezes said. “She’s not some random visitor that just showed up in the middle of the night.”

Menezes said her daughter is still being held, but on Thursday morning, following a court appearance, some of the charges were dropped.

Menezes said the alleged victim is Robert Neal Ballard, 30, and that he has an arrest record.

She also said she had filed a restraining order against Ballard.

Ballard had been arrested Nov. 19, 2010, for family abuse, according to The Garden Island archives.

“She’s all beat up in jail as well, from him abusing her, and he doesn’t have any charges on her,” said Menezes, adding that her daughter will press charges against Ballard.

Gonsalves apparently doesn’t know who is the woman that was in her home, Menezes said. “We have no idea who this other girl is. My daughter has never seen her before.”

Ballard could not be reached by press time for comment.


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