York woman charged with assaulting an officer after grabbing cop’s finger

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Robin Simonds (Courtesy VPRJ)
Robin Simonds (Courtesy VPRJ)

A 49-year-old woman from York County is charged with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer for repeatedly squeezing the fingers of a Williamsburg cop, police say.

According to Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department, deputies responded to an unconscious person on the 300 block of Richmond Road around 4:10 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, they observed an unconscious female lying on the ground beside a bus stop. The woman would later be identified as 49-year-old Robin Simonds of York County, Riley said.

Shortly after police located Simonds, medics arrived on scene and transported Simonds to Riverside Doctor’s Hospital. Within 10 minutes of loading Simonds into the vehicle, medics called law enforcement requesting assistance.

“The medics advised Ms. Simonds was giving them a hard time,” Riley said. “They wanted assistance getting her into the hospital.”

Following an evaluation at the hospital, medical staff determined Simonds was simply intoxicated and discharged her. She was then arrested for Public Intoxication, Riley said.

“While Ms. Simonds was being escorted to the police vehicle for transport, she grabbed one of the escorting officer’s fingers multiple times and squeezed them in such a manner that he experienced pain,” Riley said. “He verbally warned her to let go each time and also warned her to stop grabbing his fingers in such a manner.”

Simonds was transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where she was charged with Public Intoxication and Assault and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.