Rehoboth Beach Police Officer Injured While Taking Wilmington Woman Into Custody



Michelle Villa, 21, of Wilmington was arrested Sunday evening (05/19/19) for felony assault and resisting arrest due to her involvement in a fight outside the Purple Parrot, which is located in the second block of Rehoboth Avenue.

Just before 11:00 pm, officers responded to the Purple Parrot for a report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, an officer observed Villa actively fighting at which time he attempted to place her in handcuffs, according to police. Villa struggled with the officer by pulling away in an attempt to flee. The officer was able to eventually place handcuffs on Villa and position her on the ground.

While attempting to take another person who was involved in the fight into custody, the officer noticed that Villa had freed her hand from one of the handcuffs and was again attempting to flee. The officer was able to stop Villa and further detain her until another officer arrived. While taking Villa into custody the officer received a laceration to his leg, police said.

During the incident, Villa assaulted three other individuals, two of which received minor injuries. Villa received minor injuries as well.

Villa was arrested and charged with 1 count of felony second-degree assault resulting in injury to a law enforcement officer, 1 count of felony resisting arrest and the following misdemeanors; 2 counts of third-degree assault, 1 count of offensive touching, and 1 count of disorderly conduct.

Villa was committed to Sussex Correction Institution in default of $14,200.00 secured bail.

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