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Springfield Woman Arrested after Assaulting Court Officer

Vanessa Williams

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Springfield woman is under arrest after assaulting a court officer.

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the Hampden County Hall of Justice for a report of a court officer being assaulted, says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

Delaney adds that when officers arrived, they spoke with court officer Valdemar Santos.

Santos told them that he was in the process of giving 19-year-old Vanessa Williams a restraining order that was taken out against her, when she allegedly became angry, grabbed the restraining order, then ripped it into pieces.

As Santos bent over to pick up the torn restraining order off the floor, Williams allegedly proceeded to kick Santos.

Santos then placed Williams under arrest and called Springfield Police.

Williams, who lives on Yale Street in Springfield. has been charged with one count of assault and battery on a police officer.

She was booked at Springfield Police headquarters, then brought back to the Hall of Justice for her arraignment and to receive a new restraining order.