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Woman charged after attack
Jacksonville, Fla., suspect arrested for Bulloch incident
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Catoya Actazia Laprie Bess - photo by Courtesy BCSO

Agents from the United States Marshals Service located and arrested a Jacksonville, Florida, woman Monday who was wanted on aggravated assault and other charges in Bulloch County.

Catoya Actazia Laprie Bess, of Bentwater Drive in Jacksonville, fled the state after an Aug. 16 altercation on Princes Lane, where she reportedly broke in, choked her girlfriend and held her against her will, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.

Bess, 28, and the victim were arguing over the relationship, and when the other woman tried to leave, Bess pulled a knife and refused to allow her to go, he said. 

A struggle took place between the two, and Bess reportedly tried to choke the victim, leaving visible injuries such as scratches and bruising, he said.

The victim was able to escape and Bess left, headed back to Florida. Investigators gathered evidence and information from the victim and determined warrants would be issued for Bess’ arrest, according to Hutchens. She is charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, felony burglary and possession of a knife during commission of a crime.

While Bess did not steal anything from the home, she broke in with intent to commit a crime, he said.

With help from U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force agents, Bess was arrested and brought back to the Bulloch County Jail, where she is held without bond until further court hearings, he said.

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