Elderly Woman Who Slapped Police Officer Charged With Assault

| by Kathryn Schroeder

An 88-year-old woman is facing a charge of assault on a police officer after allegedly wielding a knife and slapping the officer in the face.

Officers were sent to 57 Wilson St. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to respond to a report of a disturbance involving someone with a baseball bat. They knocked multiple times at the residence and announced they were there for a report of a crime.

Phyllis Stankiewicz eventually opened the door, with a knife in one hand pointed “waist level” at one of the officers, reports The Berkshire Eagle.

Police said the elderly woman appeared “angry and confused,” and she was yelling: “There’s no crime here. Get out of my house!”

One of the officers said Stankiewicz got so close to him with the knife that she “was just about sticking it into my stomach.”

An officer grabbed the knife from Stankiewicz and she allegedly tried to push past the officers and pushed them in the chest as they were trying to calm her down.

Stankiewicz then allegedly slapped one of the officers on the left side of his face, after she had been warned to not put her hands on them.

She resisted arrest to the point that officers had to put her on the ground.

Stankiewicz has pleaded not guilty to assault and battery of a police officer. She was released on her own recognizance.

It is now understood that the police were sent to the wrong address, reports WCVB. The actual disturbance occurred at a home a block away.

Sources: The Berkshire EagleWCVB

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