FARMINGTON — A woman was arrested after she allegedly swung a two-foot-long sickle at a man and bit his wife Saturday afternoon in Farmington, police said.

According to the couple, the woman, Lydia Cook, 53, of Farmington, forced her way into a couple’s Red Schoolhouse Road Home, said Farmington police Detective Marc Bowering.

The couple said that Cook bit the wife on her left forearm, then the husband helped his wife get Cook outside of the home, Bowering said.

Once outside, Cook picked up a sickle in the front yard and started slashing at the husband, missing him and embedding the sharp, curved blade into the wooden deck outside the home, he said, citing the couple’s account of the attack.

Bowering said the couple are married, live at the home, are in their mid-forties and are familiar with Cook, but he declined to release their address or names. He responded to the incident about 5 p.m.

Cook was arrested on a burglary charge for forcing her way into the home and a reckless conduct charge for swinging the sickle at the man, Bowering said. She was also summoned on an assault charge for biting the woman, who had a minor injury from the bite, he said.

Cook was taken to Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington, where she remained Monday morning awaiting a court appearance.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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