|Charges filed in slashing attack|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 3, 2005 - The woman accused of slashing the face of another woman Tuesday was arrested shortly after noon Wednesday.
Wanda Lashaun “Shun” Brooks, 28, of Sulphur Springs was taken into custody at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the police department, where she turned herself in to Detective James McCaskey on a second-degree felony warrant for the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
She was booked into the county jail just after 1 p.m. and was later released on $20,000 bond.
According to police, the charge stems from an argument and fight between Brooks and a 24-year-old woman which occurred at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in Pacific Park.
Police were first alerted to the incident by a motorist who flagged down a passing officer on Beckham Street. The motorist told the officer a woman sitting in a car next to the H.W. Grays Building in the park had been seriously injured.
According to reports, the 24-year-old victim had blood all over her face, neck and shirt and a large cut on the right side of her face. She was also described as extremely excited when the officer approached her.
An ambulance took her to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for stitches and treatment of the long wound, alleged to have been caused by a knife used by Brooks during the altercation, which police were told started over a man.
The suspected assailant reported to the police department a short time later. The officer who spoke with Brooks noted that she had a large scratch on her face and blood on her arms and shirt.
She was not arrested Tuesday afternoon, but police secured a felony warrant Wednesday morning.
The incident marked the second disturbance at Pacific Park that police responded to Tuesday, and one of three altercations at the park in the past two days which resulted in arrests.
A 20-year-old Sulphur Springs woman has been arrested twice by police due to involvement in disturbances occurring just after 9 p.m. in each of the last two nights in Pacific Park.
On Tuesday night, she was arrested for resisting arrest or detention and for deadly conduct. She was alleged to have narrowly missed striking four individuals — a 5-year-old boy, a 37-year-old woman, a 24-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman — with her vehicle, resulting in the deadly conduct charge. She then became belligerent when officers approached her, according to reports, and when they attempted to pat her down, she resisted, resulting in the second charge Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old claims that she was first assaulted by a group of individuals, which included the three adults, when she went to the park Tuesday. She told police she was only trying to get away from the group, not attempting to run them over. She filed a report with police at that time alleging the assault.
The mother of the 5-year-old said she hit the 20-year-old after she nearly ran over her son, while the older woman claimed to have thrown a brick at the woman’s car to try to stop her from endangering anyone else.
The 20-year-old woman was again arrested in Pacific Park around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, along with the 28-year-old woman she was seen fighting. The older woman was one of the individuals involved in the disturbance Tuesday night. Both were charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct.
Police reported seeing the pair arguing Wednesday. Officers took a wooden dowel rod away from the younger woman and told her more than once to leave the park to avoid having to go to jail.
The older woman at one point shook her fist at the younger woman, despite officers’ admonishments to calm down. She tried to run toward the younger woman, but officers held her back.
The younger woman however, did take off running, approaching the older woman from behind and began hitting her. The older woman began hitting her back. The younger woman was pulled off the older woman, then placed across a parked vehicle. Officers had to use force to put the older woman on the ground in order to gain control of her and place her in handcuffs.
When asked why she was at the park Wednesday night, the younger woman told police she was tired of the older woman threatening her and her family.
Officers also filed a report of tampering with evidence against a man at the park Wednesday night who grabbed the dowel club police took away from the younger woman and threw it toward the railroad tracks after being told numerous times by two officers not to touch the item. The wooden dowel was recovered from the railroad track and the third-degree felony report made, although no arrest was made at that time in connection the tampering offense.
Police indicated the fights have continued to occur despite and increase police presence and patrolling in the area of Pacific Park, and that all available officers will continue to be utilized to monitor activity in the hope of deterring disturbances there.