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Mon, July 15

Woman faces charges of assaulting officer



Prescott police arrested a homeless woman at 3:33 p.m. Saturday on charges of aggravated assault after she allegedly struck an officer on the chest three times and repeatedly refused commands to stop advancing toward him.

After an officer stopped a car in the park-and-ride lot in the 300 block of Montezuma Street, another officer heard a person, later identified as Amy Lyn Wells, 31, yelling from a bench just north of them, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

As the officer walked toward Wells, he asked her how she was doing.

Wells asked the officer why he was harassing her, then told him she was a taxpayer who paid his salary, and wanted to know what she did wrong, according to the police report.

When the officer told her he was just asking her how she was doing, Wells yelled and walked toward the officer until she was about two feet away.

The officer told Wells he did not want her that close to him and extended his arm to push her back.

Wells kept yelling, moved closer to the officer and struck him in the chest three times, Reinhardt said.

The officer extended his arm and pushed Wells back, but she came at him quickly again, raising her right hand to strike him, so he took her to the ground and handcuffed her.

After the officer sat Wells up, he saw a minor cut on her head, and called firefighters to treat her at the scene.

When the officer asked Wells why she became so upset, she told him her father was Osama Bin Laden and the officer was going to burn, according to the police report.


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