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Woman assaults officers after chest-bumping her way into couple's home, police say

Published On: Mar 25 2013 04:42:34 PM EDT

A woman assaulted two police officers by flailing her arms and knocking them down, trying to avoid arrest after she forced her way into a couple's home, officials said.

Cheryl Ann Ritter hit Dep. Chief James Cavallo, Moore Twp. Police Dept., in the face with her elbow and knocked both Cavallo and Bushkill Twp. Ofc. Crystal Happel to the ground while they were trying to arrest her at about 4:15 p.m. Friday outside her home in the Hickory Hills Mobile Home Park, Moore Twp., Northampton Co., officials said.

Ritter had just left a neighbor's home on Woodsdale Court, after chest-bumping her way past a man, forcing him backwards against a wall and screaming and threatening him, officials said.


The victim's wife finally pushed Ritter away, allowing her husband to call police, officials said.

Ritter was parking her car when police approached her, and when Ritter got out she started screaming at the officers and tried to go into her home, officials said.

Ritter started flailing when police blocked her path, and was so unruly that the officers threatened to use a Taser if she did not stop trying to resist arrest, officials said, adding that Ritter made it into her home before she was taken into custody.

Ritter, 49, of 5 Woodsdale Court, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, defiant trespass and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. March 29.