By David Rogers. April 9, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Jessica Lynn Kirby, 29, of 1280 Old John’s River Road, Blowing Rock, was arrested on Sunday, April 8th, and charged with one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury and is currently being held at the Watauga County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.
Kirby is accused of attacking Heather Hayes somewhere near the 2000 block of Laurel Fork Rd. Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman reported this morning that Sheriff’s deputies, along with Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics responded to a 9-1-1 call at 3:25 pm on Sunday, indicating that a female had been observed on Laurel Park Road, bleeding heavily with a wound to her neck area. She was identified a Heather Hayes and transported by Watauga Medics to Watauga Medical Center for medical treatment.
Sheriff Hagaman reported that the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Unit immediately began investigating the reported incident. During the investigation, it was determined that two females had left the scene in a Black Toyota Truck. A BOLO (Be on the lookout) was issued by Watauga County Sheriff’s Office for a vehicle fitting that description. Evidence was collected and interviews were conducted with numerous individuals on the scene.
Officers from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to 11036 NC Highway 105 South, Banner Elk, North Carolina, 28604, the residence of Melissa Fox. Upon arrival, officers located a Black Toyota Tacoma Pickup Truck in the driveway that they believed to have been used during this assault. The Black Toyota Tacoma Pickup Truck was seized and towed to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office for processing. The vehicle was processed and DNA evidence was collected from the truck, along with various personal items.
As a result of the investigation, Jessica Lynn Kirby was charged and arrested on April 8, 2018, with one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. She was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate and given a court date of April 27, 2018 and is currently being held in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $50,000.00 secured bond.
Sherriff Hagaman’s report does not include at this time what might have prompted this alleged attack.