MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) – A Middletown officer should be fine after a woman assaults him.
The incident began around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday night when police received a call saying three people had been seen spraying the sidewalk in the vicinity of Park Place and Washington Street.
Officers spoke face to face with the appellant and were told that after one of the suspects walked away from the sidewalk, he surrendered to find that #KeepKloverFree was written in yellow spray paint on the sidewalk.
Investigators went to examine the spray paint and, judging by its appearance, believed it was spray painted using a stencil.
About forty minutes after the first call, Middletown Police said officers saw a person, later identified as Chanice Reyes of Middletown, with a large canvas bag covered in paint squat “as if trying to hide Something”.
Investigators approached Reyes, who was acting suspiciously, and observed several cans of spray paint in his bag.
Reyes immediately became confrontational, according to the police report.
Officers then told Reyes to turn around and stop rummaging in his pockets.
At one point, the police caught her, but she tried to escape, continuing to ignore all legal orders.
Investigators eventually brought Reyes to the ground so they could properly detain her, but she was still “verbally combative and non-compliant with officers at the scene.”
At one point, while on the ground, Reyes told police she couldn’t breathe and needed her inhaler, which was on the floor next to her bag.
Hunters Ambulance was invited to the scene to assess Reyes. She continued to use vulgar language and refused to sit down while waiting for the arrival of medical personnel.
Police said they had not had labored breathing or speaking before Hunters Ambulance arrived and continued to yell and yell at officers while refusing to sit, going so far as to tell the agents of “sucking a cock”.
Authorities described Reyes’ general language as obscene and his behavior as tumultuous.
Reyes continued to rummage in her pockets, even when she was handcuffed, and continued to ignore the officers’ orders.
The officer tried to put her in a police car, but Reyes refused to stand on her own and became a dead weight. Once she was finally placed inside, she began to struggle and kick her legs.
Investigators found a stencil that matched the sidewalk vandalism inside Reyes’ backpack. Police also seized various stencils and nine cans of spray paint.
Reyes was searched at the scene, but became combative and attempted to kick one of the officers, prompting investigators to bring her to the ground once again.
Once their search was over, Reyes again refused to stand and became a dead weight. Officers then physically picked up Reyes and placed her in a police car.
Reyes was not compliant when she was returned to Middletown Police Headquarters, refusing to be booked, to take her fingerprints, to answer questions or to stand on her own weight.
She was then carried by the armpits to a padded holding cell where she was kept under constant observation.
At one point, Reyes put his mouth on an officer’s leg, but he managed to get it out of his mouth before it broke his skin.
The same officer also injured his finger in the incident and subsequently sought treatment at Middlesex Hospital.
Middletown Police came out that night and discovered that #KeepKloverFree had been spray painted in front of a business along 600 Main Street block, the sidewalk at the corner of Main and Washington Streets, and on a control box of traffic at the corner of Washington and rue des Pins.
These stencils were each spray painted with different colors and matched the spray paints and stencils found in Reyes’ possession.
Police say #KeepKloverFree is associated with Reyes’ website keepkloverfree.com, which states that “Klover aka Chanice Reyes is a Lifetime Artist with a Fine Art Degree.”
Reyes was found in several videos and photos on social media when police searched for #KeepKloverFree.
Police charged Reyes with criminal mischief, interfering with an officer, assaulting public security personnel, violating public order and failing to take fingerprints.
His bond was set at $ 75,000.
This is not Reyes’ first encounter with law enforcement. Middletown Police noted that she was arrested on several counts, including obstructing assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon or instrument, in New York City.
Reyes also has pending cases in New Britain and Middletown. Between the two cases, she faces charges of disturbing public order, assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing an agent / resistance and assaulting an elderly person or otherwise.