Clarksdale, MS – A Clarksdale police dispatcher was attacked and brutally beaten while she was working inside the police station on Sep. 5.
Clarksdale Police Dispatcher Barbara King was alone at the police department at approximately 7:30 a.m., when Stacy Clark came in to inquire about some property that he left in the building, WREG reported.
King notified officers about Clark’s requests, but they were all out on patrol at the time.
“For some strange reason, he accused her of lying to him,” Clarksdale Police Chief Sandra Williams told WREG.
According to Chief Williams, King and Clark had not had any previous contact, WHBQ reported.
Clark barged into the dispatch center and began violently beating King, hitting her repeatedly in the face and body, according to WREG.
She managed to radio for help, then attempted to flee from her attacker, the Clarion Ledger reported.
"She tried to get away from him by going outside," but she was unable to escape, Chief Williams told WREG.
Clark continued to pummel King until officers arrived and yanked him off of her.
King’s injuries were so severe that paramedics hoped to transport her by air ambulance to a hospital in Memphis, but were unable to make the 75-mile trip due to bad weather, WHBQ reported.
She was rushed to a local hospital, but later had to be taken to Regional One Health in Memphis.
The assault left King with bleeding to her brain, multiple facial fractures, and a broken arm, WREG reported.
She underwent her first facial surgery on Tuesday, and her family said she has been in “good spirits,” according to WHBQ.
Clark has been charged with aggravated assault, and was denied bond during a hearing on Thursday, WREG reported.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Chief Williams said.