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Police: Lincoln woman threatens one with knife, bites officer

September 13, 2020

A Lincoln woman faces charges Sept. 13 after police say she threatened one person with a knife and then bit an officer who responded to the domestic incident.

Delaware State Police responded to a home in the Cedar Village Mobile Home Park around midnight for a report of a woman threatening another with a knife, said Sgt. Darren Lester of the Delaware State Police.

Police found Michelle L. Henderson, 43, extremely intoxicated, and they learned she had argued with another person arriving at the home, swinging a kitchen knife as the person tried to come through the front door, Lester said.

No one was injured by the knife, but Henderson was uncooperative as troopers tried to assess the situation, Lester said. At one point, he said, Henderson threw her cellphone in the direction of one of the troopers who was speaking with the second individual. She then tried to leave the residence and get into a pickup truck, but police handcuffed her after a brief struggle, Lester said. Henderson refused to get into the rear of a police vehicle and when police tried to place a seat belt on her, Lester said, she bit a trooper’s left forearm; the bite broke the skin and was bleeding. During the transport to Troop 7, Lester said, Henderson remained disorderly and tried to kick out the rear windows of the patrol vehicle.

Once at Troop 7, Henderson was charged with felony aggravated menacing, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault injury to a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with force or violence that intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer from effecting an arrest, and other charges.

Henderson was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $79,100 cash-only bond. 

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