WOONSOCKET — A 36-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg after a party at her apartment somehow erupted into a chaotic, violent melee early Sunday, police said.
Pamela Perez is also one of three people facing charges after the incident, though no one has yet been arrested in connection with stabbing her, said Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr.
“That’s still under investigation,” said Lee. “She gave us conflicting information about who might have done this to her.”
Police responded to Perez’s second-floor apartment at 65 Morton Ave. about 2:49 a.m., after a frightened neighbor reported hearing the sound of breaking glass, screams and someone threatening to kick in a door.
Lee said there may have been a dozen guests partying at Perez’s apartment, and when police arrived, some of them were running away and climbing into motor vehicles.
Police encountered the wounded Perez for the first time as she was stalking the grounds of her apartment house, armed with a club.
“As I went to the right side of the house I viewed a heavyset female wearing shorts come around the corner wielding a baseball bat,” Patrolman Patrick Greeno reported. “Her legs were covered in blood and she had visible swelling on her forehead.”
She was transported to Landmark Medical Center for treatment of what police described as a non life-threatening puncture wound.
A curse-laden, violent encounter she had with Sgt. John Scully III in her hospital room was the basis for all the criminal charges against Perez, including assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Scully said that Perez was on a bed in the emergency room, swearing at him and making disparaging remarks, when she tossed a “plastic-covered object” at him, striking him in the head. Then she allegedly leaped from the bed and lunged toward him in an attempt to strike him.
Scully and at least one other officer managed to get her into a pair of handcuffs after a brief struggle. Later, she was treated for the puncture wound and discharged from the hospital to the custody of the police.
Perez may face additional charges of child neglect, according to Lee, because two minor daughters, aged 11 and 14, were home during the party. Police found both of them sleeping, and the older of the two was so difficult to awaken police suspect she was either drunk or under the influence of drugs.
“We take the stabbing very seriously but we’re also just as concerned that this type of party is going on while there are children in the house,” said Lee.
The state Department for Children, Youth and Families put a 72-hour hold on the children pending further investigation, the captain said.
The only knife police recovered during the episode was found in the possession of a 17-year-old male who was among those allegedly fleeing the party, according to police. The large, sheathed knife did not appear to have any blood on it, but it was seized for testing and the youth was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.
He was also charged with obstructing and resisting arrest for allegedly attempting to elude the police, according to Lee.
Also arrested was Christian M. Delos-Santos, 19, of 707 Bourdon Blvd. Like the juvenile, he was charged with obstructing police and resisting arrest.
Perez, meanwhile, was released on personal recognizance following an initial appearance in Sixth District Court Monday morning and is due back in court for a formal arraignment on Jan. 9, according to the judiciary’s web site.
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