FLORENCE-On November 27, 2023, officers responded to an assault call at an apartment on Mill Ridge Drive. Officers located a female that stated she was struck in the head with a hammer and the offender had already left. The female had injuries consistent with a hammer strike. After further investigation a suspect, Joanna Welborn, was developed. According to the victim, Joanna Welborn was an acquaintance that asked her for some pain medication. As the victim retrieved her medication Welborn hit her in the head with a hammer. A struggle broke out and the victim was able to get away and lock herself in a bedroom. Several pills were taken by Welborn and she left the apartment. Police were then called.
Investigators contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and requested them to attempt to contact Welborn at a residence in their jurisdiction. They located Welborn and detained her. She was then transported back to Florence.
Joanna Welborn was arrested and charged with Robbery 1st Degree and Assault 1st Degree.
The victim was transported to the North Alabama Medical Center and is currently undergoing tests. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Joanna Gay Welborn is being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center without bond.
Joanna Gay Welborn is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Media Release/Sgt. Cliff Billingsley/Florence Police Department