ALLENTOWN, Pa. | An Allentown woman already facing assault charges finds herself in more legal trouble after allegedly biting a corrections officer.
On Nov. 8, a sergeant in the Lehigh County Jail was called to the medical department to assist with Jasmarie Berrios Martinez, who was reportedly refusing to leave, according to court records.
Authorities said the 33-year-old was screaming, flailing her arms and yelling at corrections officers, prompting the sergeant to direct Berrios Martinez to put out her hands to be cuffed, according to records. She allegedly refused and continued to yell at officers.
As the sergeant tried to grab Berrios Martinez by the arm, she allegedly pulled away and kicked him in the stomach. She was pepper-sprayed and taken to the floor by the other corrections officers, where she continued to flail her arms.
Once on the floor, Berrios Martinez allegedly bit the sergeant on the calf and refused to let go. Authorities said she released her toothy grip only after being struck in the forehead. The sergeant was treated for bleeding and pain in his leg.
Berrios Martinez, of South Fourth Street in Allentown, now faces a felony count of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor count of simple assault. District Judge Karen Devine arraigned her Monday afternoon, setting bail at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option.
On-line court records indicate that Berrios Martinez has been in county jail since her arraignment Oct. 28 on charges of aggravated and simple assault. Those alleged crimes occurred in June. She now awaits preliminary hearings scheduled for Dec. 16.