Metro Woman Accused Of Setting Apartment On Fire, Attacking Deputies With Fork

Friday, June 10th 2016, 6:58 pm
By: News 9

A woman is behind bars for allegedly setting her apartment on fire and then attacking deputies with a steak fork.  However, this isn't her first wild run in with authorities.

"Burn in hell" and "I will kill your [expletive," Virginia Smith said from the back of a police cruiser in 2014 after quite the crash and encounter with police. Two years later she's back behind bars, and crashing her car, but for scorching her apartment.

"She said she's going to burn everybody out of here. It got so bad I couldn't go out the front door. I had to dive out of my window," neighbor Charles Bowens said.

"She is a nutcase and she said she is going to kill all the evil out of these apartments," neighbor Nila Zornes said.

Eddie Stephens is the apartment manager, but when he went to figure out what was going on, he said he was attacked.

"She drew back like that, and then she was going to give me a good one," he said.

"I turned my back and went down the steps and that’s when she started poking me. Then she got mad and said, ‘I'm going to kill you,’ and she drew her little fork back like this. She come down, and I grabbed it, and we [had] a hell of a scuffle."

Smith then took off on foot, until a deputy spotted her just outside town.

"He observed a subject walking down the middle of the road, appeared to be stumbling down the middle of the road," Grady County Undersheriff Rusty Pyle said.

Smith stumbled into oncoming traffic and tried to stab the deputy with the same steak fork.

"She lunged at the deputy with the fork. He backed off," Pyle said. “He used his OC spray. It didn't have any effect on her whatsoever."

It took some effort, but after not only being sprayed twice but tazed twice, she was finally taken into custody.

Smith is facing numerous charges.