Kings County Woman Accused of Snatching Phone, Attacking Man with Wrench
Above: Esperanza Arellano booking photo | Kings County Sheriff’s Office
ARMONA — A Kings County woman was arrested after allegedly stealing a woman’s phone and striking a witness on the arm with a pipe wrench.
According to a press release by the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Esperanza Arellano was identified as the suspect in an alleged theft and assault on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 1.
The victim said Arellano had approached her fence, carrying a pipe wrench, and demanded the keys to all the vehicles parked outside. The victim refused and said she’d call the police if Arellano didn’t leave.
Arellano then allegedly demanded the keys a second time, stating her intent to “patrol the area,” and became erratic and snatched the victim’s phone out of her hand when she pulled it out to dial 9-1-1.
A nearby witness then approached and ordered her to return the phone, to which Arellano allegedly responded by throwing the phone to the ground and swinging the pipe wrench at the witness, who blocked it with his arm. He sustained a minor injury to his forearm, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies responded to the area and contacted Arellano. A drug abuse evaluation determined that she was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Arellano was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was booked in lieu of $90,000 bond.