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Woman wanted for assaulting officer in custody; repossession of washer and dryer triggered outburst, police say

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 6/24/19

A Middletown woman turned herself in Friday after being charged with assaulting a borough officer and other offenses related to an incident that occurred June 14.

Shelly Lynn Greenwalt, 50, of the …

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Woman wanted for assaulting officer in custody; repossession of washer and dryer triggered outburst, police say

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A Middletown woman turned herself in Friday after being charged with assaulting a borough officer and other offenses related to an incident that occurred June 14.

Shelly Lynn Greenwalt, 50, of the first block of North Union Street, was released on $100,000 unsecured bail, according to the Middletown Crimewatch site. She has a July 8 preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy.

According to arrest papers, police at about 6:30 p.m. June 14 were dispatched to a report of Greenwalt having assaulted two employees of Aaron’s Rent-A-Center.

The employees had gone to Greenwalt’s residence to repossess from her a washer and dryer, due to Greenwalt’s failure to pay, according to arrest papers.

Police arrived to find one of the two Aaron’s employees locked in the bathroom behind the appliances, hiding from Greenwalt.

Police found Greenwalt lying on her bed and ordered her to get up.

Greenwalt tried to prevent two borough police officers from putting her in the car, but she was unsuccessful. Shortly after, while in the police car, Greenwalt got out of the handcuffs. The reports do not explain how.

Greenwalt fought with the officers as they tried to subdue her, according to arrest papers. She tried to palm strike one officer in the face, and kicked him in the chest and leg area.

Police eventually subdued Greenwalt by using a Taser. After being put in the police car again, Greenwalt was seen and heard kicking the upper divider in the vehicle. Police restrained her legs.

Greenwalt was then taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

On June 15, charges were filed against Greenwalt including simple assault, public drunkenness, institutional vandalism/illegal possession, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.