A Lake Havasu City woman is scheduled to appear in Mohave Superior Court this month on charges of aggravated assault against an officer.

Monique V. Ruiz, 23, was arrested July 21 when Lake Havasu City Police officers received reports of a domestic violence incident at her Mojave Drive residence. According to police, Ruiz was involved in an argument which escalated until she threw a telephone at the victim. Officers spoke with Ruiz at the scene, the report said, and believed that there was probable cause to arrest her.

Ruiz behaved as though she intended to surrender herself into custody, the report said, before grabbing a handful of small screwdrivers and throwing them at officers. Although officers were able to restrain Ruiz’s arms, police say she was able to kick a small metal stand in officers’ direction, which struck one officer’s shin at the time of her arrest. Ruiz was taken into custody and transported to Lake Havasu City Jail without further incident.

She has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault against an officer and one count of resisting arrest. Ruiz has pleaded not guilty, and is scheduled to appear in Mohave Superior Court Aug. 19 for a pretrial conference.

At the time of her arrest, Ruiz was awaiting judgment and sentencing on a related charge of felony aggravated domestic violence, in which she accepted a plea agreement July 17. Her sentence in that case was scheduled to be decided July 17.

As of Monday, she remained in custody at Mohave County Jail on $5,000 bond.

— Today’s News-Herald


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