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WESTERLY — A Tower Street resident is facing charges after police said she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with scissors following an argument, leaving the man with a large gash next to his spine.

The police served a warrant Monday for 26-year-old Eliza Matteson, of 145 Tower St., charging her with domestic felony assault and domestic disorderly conduct. Matteson was arraigned at Fourth Division District Court later in the day and did not enter a plea during the initial appearance.

Westerly police said the charges stem from a 3 a.m. incident on Jan. 29 at Matteson's Tower Street home. According to police, officers were called for reports that a man had been stabbed.

When officers arrived, they learned Matteson had fled  on foot and were unable to locate her. Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the officers spoke with the victim, a 39-year-old man, who said he was sleeping when Matteson returned home and woke him up. The two argued briefly before he told her to leave.

Matteson responded by picking up a pair of standard cutting scissors and stabbed the victim in the center of his back, causing a 1-inch gash next to his spine. The spine was not hit, the police said, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

He was taken by ambulance to Westerly Hospital where the cut was stitched up, Lacey said, and was released later that day.

Police obtained a warrant  and she was arrested after officers were called back to the home for reports of a disturbance and found her banging on the back back door. She was taken into custody without incident, Lacey said.

Court records show the encounter violated a court-issued no-contact order with the victim and she was ordered held without bail until a review hearing on Feb. 20.

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