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Metro Atlanta assault suspect arrested in Texas

A man who had been wanted in Clayton County for five months was arrested in Texas on Saturday and accused of another crime.

Claudell Qualls, 35, allegedly tried to cut his girlfriend with a knife during an incident in a motel room, police told the Dallas Morning News.

Qualls was wanted in Clayton County in connection with an April 13 incident in which he stabbed a man in the neck during an altercation, Sheriff Victor Hill said in a news release.


In the Dallas incident, the woman told police Qualls was upset “because he believed he was being falsely accused of a crime in Clayton County, Georgia,” according to an affidavit. 

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After Qualls allegedly slapped and hit the woman, police said she tried to leave and he threatened to kill her, according to the news report.

Qualls picked up a utility knife that was on the edge of a bathtub and swung it toward her chest as she ran into a parking lot, according to police. She ran to a nearby store and flagged down an officer.

Qualls is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is in the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

“Very soon, Clayton County deputies will give Qualls a free ride back to Clayton County ...,” Hill said in his release.

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