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Eagan Woman Accused of Tossing Hot Oil at Mother

Nakisha Lynette Harris, 21, faces two felony charges after she allegedly lobbed a pan of hot oil at her mother, then threatened her with a knife.

One Eagan woman stands accused of menacing family members with a pan of hot oil and a knife during a domestic dispute—a charge the defendant categorically denies.

Nakisha Lynette Harris, 21, has been charged with two counts of making terroristic threats, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The incident in question occurred on the morning of Feb. 26, at about 11 a.m. when officers were called to an address on Rahn Road on report of a domestic assault.

The victim, Harris' mother, told police that Harris had been living in her home. The argument started when the woman woke Harris, who had been sleeping on the couch. Harris became enraged and began throwing food from cupboards onto the floor, the woman said. Harris' children, aged 3 and 6, watched as she lobbed a pot full of hot oil in her mother's direction, the woman said. Officers noticed grease splashed all over the kitchen and dining room floor.

At this point, the victim told Harris to leave, and started packing up her things and putting them out in the hall. The victim told police that Harris picked up a knife and threatened to cut her, then threatened another person at the residence.

The second person corroborated the victim's account, saying that she'd heard the fight escalating, then was herself accosted by Harris who allegedly menaced her with a kitchen knife and threatened to "slash her throat."

Officers recovered a knife at the scene.

For her part, Harris confirmed that she had been arguing with her mother, but denied assaulting her or threatening her with a knife.

Harris is no longer in custody at the Dakota County Jail. Her next hearing is scheduled for June 11. 

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