Pennsylvania woman charged with assault, drug crimes

A woman was arrested after allegedly trying to shoot up heroin in a Target bathroom and injuring a police officer, according to local sources. Pennsylvania authorities have charged the 25-year-old woman with felony aggravated assault along with several other charges. So far, no court date has been listed.

According to the unusual report, the woman was perceived to be under the influence of a substance when she entered a Target on the afternoon of Oct. 29. According to security staff, she took a bag of candy into a women's restroom and was subsequently followed by staff, who called police. When police officers arrived on the scene, they say the woman was allegedly shooting heroin in the stall.

She then attempted to evade capture, causing minor injury to a police officer in the process, before she was arrested. The nature of the officer's injuries was not included in the report. Officers took her to a local hospital to ensure that an overdose was not forthcoming, after which time she was remanded to a county jail. She was unable to make the $25,000 bail and, therefore, remains there ahead of her as-yet-undetermined trial date.

Drug addiction is a very real and serious issue familiar to Pennsylvania residents. If the woman is, in fact, a heavy heroin user, her condition at the time of her arrest could play a role in how the court chooses to handle the assault charge. The defense may wish to attempt to negotiate a plea bargain in exchange for mandated drug rehabilitation or other, similar measures used when prosecuting addicts.

Source: philly.com, "Pa. woman charged with shooting heroin in Target, assaulting cop", Julie Shaw, Nov. 2, 2016

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