SOUTHINGTON - A Massachusetts woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting police officers and spitting on a paramedic when they responded to reports of an argument.
Janice Romero, 30, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts was arrested on Saturday, April 28 and charged with third-degree assault, second degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer and four counts of assault of public safety personnel.
Early Saturday morning, around 12:30 a.m., Southington police received multiple 911 calls from neighbors in the 300 block of Marion Avenue of a female and male arguing behind a residence, Southington police said.
As police attempted to interview Romero and the victim, Romero appeared to be under the influence, police said. She became uncooperative and began running around the residence posing a risk to her and others safety, police said.
Officers attempted to handcuff Romero and she actively resisted, police said. She was handcuffed and placed in a chair, police said.
As officers continued to investigate, Romero got up from the chair and looked like she was going to attempt to kick an officer, police said. As she was being placed back in the chair, Romero swung her head backwards, striking an officer in the face, police said.
Romereo then had to be physically carried from the residence to an awaiting ambulance. While on a stretcher, she spit on a paramedic and kicked two other officers, according to police.
Romero was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, police said.
Officers found that Romero and the victim were in an argument and during it, she allegedly assaulted the victim causing a laceration, police said. Because it is a domestic violence situation, no further details on the victim will be released, police said.
Romero was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and turned over to Stonington police, who held an active warrant for her, police said.
She was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court, police said.
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