By Liz Shepherd
WINONA LAKE — A Warsaw woman was recently arrested after allegedly battering a police officer while refusing to leave a residence she didn’t reside at.
Naomi Gonzales, 35, 1520 E. Winona Ave., Warsaw, is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony; and criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement, both class A misdemeanors.
On April 19, a Winona Lake police officer responded to a report of an unwanted person at a residence. The officer was at the residence earlier on the same day; at that time, he had ordered the woman, identified as Gonzales, to leave the residence at the request of the homeowner. According to court documents, Gonzales did not live at the residence.
Upon arrival at the residence, the officer met with the homeowner, who said Gonzales was in the residence and refused to leave. The officer then made contact with Gonzales, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated. While the officer asked Gonzales to leave, Gonzales used both her hands to push the officer. The officer then took steps to physically remove Gonzales from the residence; as he did so, Gonzales pulled away and aggressively struck the officer. Ultimately, Gonzales was placed in custody and removed from the residence.
Gonzales has an initial hearing for this case at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, April 30, in Kosciusko Superior Court 1.