Columbia woman charged following home invasion, knife assault
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against a woman accused of participating in a home invasion and knife assault.
Officers arrested Brianna Westbrook Wednesday while investigating the incident at a home on Queen Ann Drive early Monday morning. Westbrook faces charges including robbery, armed criminal action, assault and burglary.
According to court documents, Westbrook and two others - identified as Treten Rothman and Talia Hamilton - forced their way into the home and attacked the victim with weapons. The victim told police Rothman had a knife, while Westbrook and Hamilton had pipes. He admitted to having and trying to hide marijuana, and that Westbrook tried to take it from him.
The victim said after he pushed Westbrook off, Rothman attacked him with the knife. He got a number of cuts, including one on his neck which led to him later needing emergency surgery. The victim said the suspects also slashed his tires.
Officers at the home found a knife and crowbar in the living room, along with blood in the home and on the victim's vehicle.
Police talked to someone who knows Westbrook, who told them the three suspects talked about going to the victim's house to take the marijuana from him. The person also told police the cuts were accidental.
No charges have been filed against either Rothman or Hamilton as of Friday morning.