28-year-old Christopher Malone was charged with aggravated assault after knocking his girlfriend unconscious during an altercation at AutoZone. When she regained consciousness, she experienced pain in her abdomen alongside visible cuts and gashes on her face from the attack.
On June 17th, Christopher Malone contacted his girlfriend, Ciara Rutland, and informed her that his car was not functioning and that he was in need of assistance. Rutland later met with Malone in the parking lot of an AutoZone located on 3712 Clarksville Pike in Nashville.
According to the affidavit, Malone became upset when he was denied the ability to drive Rutland’s vehicle, responding to this by striking the woman in the face. The punch left Rutland unconscious for a perceived 10 minutes, per report.
Rutland felt extreme abdominal pain when coming to her senses. The stomach pain was presumably from Malone continuously striking Rutland following her loss of consciousness. Injuries were sustained to Rutland’s facial region, of which photos were taken by law enforcement and placed into evidence.
On June 23rd, Christopher Malone was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. His bond was set at $25,000.