Woman charged after injuring officer during Purple Parrot fight

May 20, 2019

A 21-year-old Wilmington woman faces felony assault charges after police say she was fighting at the Purple Parrot May 19 and injured a police officer.

Michelle Villa was fighting at 11 p.m. at the Rehoboth Avenue establishment when an officer arrived and tried to handcuff her, said Lt. Jaime Riddle of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.

Villa struggled and tried to flee before the officer successfully handcuffed her and put her on the ground, Riddle said.

While attempting to take another person who was involved in the fight into custody, Riddle said, 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; he was cut on his leg during the incident, Riddle said. 

During the fight, he said, Villa assaulted three other individuals, two of whom received minor injuries. Villa received minor injuries, Riddle said.

Villa was charged with felony second-degree assault resulting in injury to a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest, two counts of third-degree assault, offensive touching and disorderly conduct. She was committed to Sussex Correction Institution in default of $14,200 secured bail.