Local woman allegedly assaults officer with shovel

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 01, 2011 7:10 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a local woman Sunday after she allegedly assaulted a family member with a tire iron and raised a shovel to hit an officer.

Zaneta Luciano, 28, 1960 Broadway Apt. 8C, was charged Sunday with first-degree burglary, going armed with intent, assault on emergency personnel, and intoxication.

According to police reports, officers responded to a burglary call at 2401 Highway 6 E. The reported victim told police Luciano arrived at her apartment with several other people, and the group punched the woman’s boyfriend in the lip and kicked him in the groin when he answered the door. Luciano then reportedly came toward the accuser with a crowbar.

Several hours later, officers were towing Luciano’s vehicle as part of an assault investigation when she began running and shouting, demonstrating signs of intoxication, according to police reports.

Luciano later admitted consuming alcohol, and police found a tire iron in the vehicle matching the reported victim’s description, police report.

After officers arrested Luciano and placed her in an interview room at the police station, she reportedly began throwing items around the room, including a snow shovel and windshield fluid.

When the officer re-entered the room, the complaint said, Luciano raised a shovel to hit him with it.

The report said the defendant kicked at the officer and scratched his forearm while he tried to detain her on the ground.

Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said the snow shovel, windshield fluid, and other items were in the room, which is more of a multipurpose room, due to lack of space elsewhere; they have since been moved.

“We’re not any other business, and that’s just one of those reminders that we’re not,” Brotherton said. “And that’s why it’s so important to have the facilities we need — obviously, they won’t be there anymore.”

— by Hayley Bruce

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