Two charged in Strasburg with assaulting police

STRASBURG–Police arrested two people on April 14 on charges of assaulting law enforcement after the two allegedly attacked Strasburg police officers during a traffic stop at the intersection of Old Valley Pike and Radio Station Road.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer pulled over a vehicle that April Wright, 39, of Front Royal, was driving because a headlight was out. A Strasburg K9 officer was also on the scene and conducted a “free air sniff” around the vehicle, the complaint says.

Police then asked Wright to exit the vehicle, and when she refused, the three officers on the scene tried to remove her from the vehicle by force, the complaint says. According to the complaint, Wright began “kicking and screaming,” while being pulled from the car, kicking all the officers at the scene.

The passenger in the vehicle, Nathaniel Arocho, 20, of Stephens City, allegedly tried to stop the officers by pulling their hands off of Wright and pushing them away. A search warrant issued from this incident says that Arocho recorded the officers on his cell phone, and attempted to make a phone call during the incident.

Wright and Arocho have both been charged with obstruction of justice and three counts of assault on law enforcement, and are currently out on secured bond. Their next court date is scheduled for May 8.

Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or bbrown@nvdaily.com