Goforth, Patterson charged in Thursday stabbing incident
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Area law enforcement have made two arrests in a Thursday evening stabbing incident after receiving a tip.

Police had issued warrants for Nathan Oliver Goforth, 32.

Goforth and an alleged accomplice identified as Melissa Dawn Patterson, 41, were taken into custody at Whitewater Lodge late Friday afternoon.

Police also reportedly located the vehicle the pair had used in the getaway

Cleveland Police Department Officers were dispatched to Bi-Lo on McGrady Drive, on Thursday at 9:26 p.m. They responded in reference to a domestic disturbance.

The 911 Center advised officers that there were multiple-calls in reference to a white male who had stabbed two females several times in the parking lot of Bi-Lo, according to Evie West, information officer for CPD.

Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service said Friday morning the two women were taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment of multiple stab wounds.

West identified the victims as Bridget Wagner and Angela Thomas.

“Wagner stated that she and Ms. Thomas were getting back into their vehicle when she heard Thomas scream. Wagner went to the driver side of the vehicle when she saw her ex-boyfriend, Goforth, stabbing Thomas in a swinging manner. Wagner tried to intervene when Goforth began to stab her. Thomas attempted to stop the assault on Wagner when Thomas was stabbed again by Goforth,” West said.

Two 4-year-old children were inside the vehicle which Thomas and Wagner had driven to the store, according to the report.

West said the burgundy SUV driven by a female pulled up and “yelled” for Goforth to “get in.”

The person driving the SUV was identified as Patterson, 41, according to West. The vehicle then left the area toward APD 40.

BCEMS paramedics responded to the scene to aid the victims, according to Clark.

Criminal Investigations Division detectives were also dispatched to the scene to begin an investigation into the stabbing.

According to West, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services was also contacted and responded to the scene on behalf of the children.

Clark said both women were treated at SkyRidge Medical Center and later released.

Warrants for Goforth were issued for two counts of aggravated assault, according to West.

Patterson was charged with accessory after the fact. Both were taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charges.