Woman accused of attacking homeless man; throwing into river

 A homeless man says he was attacked and thrown into the Tennessee River

Cierra Hix

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A homeless man says he was attacked and thrown into the Tennessee River.

Officers say they found 29 year-old Jeff Vance suffering head trauma and visibly wet. He told them that Cierra Hix punched him face several times and then threw him into the water.

An eyewitness told police that he was with Hix and Vance when the assault began. He said the three of them were drinking by the river when Hix got upset about something and started punching Vance in the face. He also said Vance was hit so many times that he was knocked unconscious.

According to the witness statements, Hix grabbed Vance by his legs and dragged him into the river. Hix reportedly began to choke Vance while submerging his head under water.

The witness told police he jumped in the water, pushed Hix away and pulled Vance out of the water. He reportedly performed CPR on Vance until paramedics arrived.

Hix reportedly confessed to police that she assaulted Vance and threw him into the river.

Once in custody, Hix reportedly became so irritated that she started slamming her head against the police car window. Inside the jail, Hix was strapped to a chair and had a mask put over her face because she was reportedly out of control.

Hix is due in court on June 19.


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