York City Woman Charged after Biting Police Officers

A York City woman faces multiple charges after a violent confrontation with police in West York Borough.  The incident began at around 1:37 in the afternoon on New Year’s day at the Giant Foods in the 1200 block of West Market Street.  Borough police were called to the scene for a report of two disorderly suspects, a man and woman.  The couple was causing a disturbance and refusing demands to leave the property.

Police say the married couple had been in store the day before and cashed a money order. They returned on Tuesday to buy groceries.  However the couple alleged that the Giant store had given them a counterfeit $20 bill during their previous visit. They attempted to exchange the counterfeit bill for an authentic bill.  The Giant Store management refused.  The couple became angry, particularly the woman, identified as 27-year-old Johanny Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, yelled at employees, berating them with foul language and starting pounding on counter tops.

While speaking with Rodriguez and her husband and hearing their concerns about being able to feed their children and claiming to have no money to buy food for their children, one officer offered to pay for the food to feed their family.   For some unknown reason, Rodriguez refused the offer and became more irate and belligerent. She began yelling and hitting counter tops again. She ignored warnings by officers  to stop and she became even louder.

In response to her continual erratic and hostile behavior she was advised that she was under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and ordered to leave the store. She refused and began pushing, kicking and punching officers who were attempting to escort her from the store. During the ensuing scuffle she managed to bite each officer on their hands. The officers were forced to use a taser to subdue her, but she was still able to fight.

She was taken to Central Booking and arraigned on charges of Aggravated & Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.  The injuries suffered by the police officers did not require medical treatment.