A woman who accused a Caldwell County deputy of assault has been charged with breaking and entering in the same incident.
Ashleigh Elizabeth Taylor, 28, is accused of going to a property on Mills Cove Place in the Patterson area on Feb. 20 and breaking into a house owned by Dale Taylor, according to a warrant for her arrest.
The house, which is under construction, is to be the home of former Caldwell County Deputy James Matthew “Matt” Taylor, 32, Dale Taylor’s son, who used to date Ashleigh Taylor.
Capt. Aaron Barlowe of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said that Dale Taylor filed a report with the sheriff’s office about the alleged break-in. The sheriff’s office investigated, and Ashleigh Taylor was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.
Matt Taylor said in a previous court filing that he working on the home on Mills Cove Place and had a visitor when Ashleigh Taylor showed up and broke into the basement. He said he tried to escort her to the door, and she fought him.
Ashleigh Taylor said in a court filing about the incident that Matt Taylor grabbed her by the shirt, pushing her off the house’s back porch steps and grabbing her by the throat.
Matt Taylor was charged with assault on a female, but the charge was later dismissed and his criminal record was expunged.
District Attorney Scott Reilly said Ashleigh Taylor spoke with the prosecutor and the victim-and-witness legal coordinator in private and agreed to have the charge dismissed.
“I guess they (the Taylors) just wanted to try to work it out among themselves since they have at least one child between them,” he said.
Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.