A 33-year-old Boynton Beach man was arrested today after police say he stabbed a woman over a confrontation involving cigarettes.
Reginald M. Gooden faces a charge of aggravated battery. He was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail late Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bond.
City police were called to Bethesda Memorial Hospital around 9 a.m. Monday to investigate a stabbing that happened near Boynton Beach Boulevard and U.S. 1.
The alleged victim, 35, told police Gooden started a fight with her over cigarettes. Gooden allegedly threatened her with a broom while he searched for cigarettes, a police probable-cause affidavit said.
She grabbed a pole to defend herself when he jumped off a 6-foot wall and stabbed her in her hand, she told police. The woman told police she waited until “the sun came up” to go to the hospital.
Gooden told police the woman was the aggressor. He said she came at him with a pole after they had argued. He grabbed anything he could — mangoes, rocks, a bottle — to throw at her in self-defense.
The woman hurt her hand while she was trying to swing the pole at him, he told police. The woman’s hand needed surgery to fix a fracture, the affidavit said.