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Posted August 22, 2011 | comments Leave a comment

Woman indicted on assault charges

By Alex Bridges-abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A city woman accused of hitting her daughter and assaulting a police officer at a high school in June faces jail time if convicted.

Authorities charged Chiquita Ann Roberts, 54, of 628 Watson Ave., with felony assault on a police officer and one misdemeanor count each of resisting arrest and domestic assault and battery. A grand jury in Winchester Circuit Court indicted Roberts on the three charges on Tuesday.

Roberts remains free on a $2,000 bond. Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. ordered Roberts to appear in the court Sept. 20. Carter Foulds represents Roberts.

Officer A.C. Perlick, of the Winchester Police Department, states in a criminal complaint that, while on duty at John Handley High School on June 2, he saw Roberts "strike her biological daughter in the left side of her forehead."

"I then approached Roberts and said 'That is inappropriate,'" the complaint states. "Roberts stated 'you aren't going to disrespect me like that,' then placed both hands on my chest and pushed me backwards into a door frame.

"I then told Roberts she was 'under arrest' and to 'put your hands behind your back,'" Perlick adds. "Roberts refused to comply and tried to pull away from me keeping her hands to the front of her body."

The complaint concludes by stating the officer sought an emergency protective order though he does not specify against whom. The complaint also does not indicate when and how the officer apprehended and took Roberts into custody.

The commonwealth had subpoenaed several witnesses, including school officials, according to court documents.

Records indicate Roberts received a six-month jail sentence in June 2005 in the court for convictions of assault and battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, which stemmed from a Nov. 16, 2004, incident.

Authorities originally had charged her with felony assault of a police officer but she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge, court records show.

Assault on a law enforcement officer is class 6 felony punishable by up to five years in prison or 12 months in jail.

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