Southington police say woman assaulted cops, spit on paramedic

Published on Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:31
Written by Charles Paullin


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, Mass., 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, around 12:30 a.m., Southington police received multiple 911 calls from residents of the 300 block of Marion Avenue about a man and woman arguing behind a house, Southington police said.

As police tried to interview Romero and the man, 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 tried to handcuff Romero but she resisted, police said. She was eventually 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 carried from the residence to a waiting ambulance. While on a stretcher, she spit on a paramedic and kicked two officers, according to police.

Romero was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, police said.

Officers found that Romero and the man had been 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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Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:31. Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:33.