Gardner woman about to be evicted from apartment, threatens property manager with field hockey stick

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GARDNER – On Monday, Sept. 14, at 12:45 p.m., Officers Thomas Neufell, Derek Ferreira and John Braun of the Gardner Police Department were dispatched to the management office of the Olde English Village apartments on Manca Drive, following a report of woman with a baseball bat in the office.

According to Officer Neufell’s Narrative for the incident, en route, dispatch informed the officers that the woman with the bat – later found to be a field hockey stick – had left the office.

“Upon arrival, Officers Ferreira and Braun were speaking with the property manager [name redacted] and assistant property manager [name redacted],” wrote Officer Neufell in his Narrative. “I also observed the front lobby of the office in disarray, as there was glass from a picture frame and soil from a potted plant strewn about.”

The property manager and her assistant told police that Igcia Dianette Torres-Soto – a 34-year-old resident of the apartment complex who was in the process of being evicted from her apartment – came into the office with a field hockey stick (which was mistaken for a baseball bat), waved it around and pointed it at them.

According to Officer Neufell’s Narrative, the property manager said Torres-Soto pointed the field hockey stick at her and asked if “she had found her housing” because Torres-Soto believed the property manager and a woman who lives upstairs from her were at fault for her eviction; Torres-Soto added that she was “going to hurt them both.”

The assistant manager then ran out of her office and “confronted” Torres-Soto, who left. On her way out, Torres-Soto smashed a potted plant and picture frame on the reception desk.

The property manager showed police surveillance footage of the lobby (according to Officer Neufell, there was no camera in the property manager’s office). In the footage, police observed Torres-Soto smash the picture frame and potted plant, not with a baseball bat as originally reported, but with a field hockey stick.

The officers found Torres-Soto at her apartment and placed her under arrest on the following charges: assault with a dangerous weapon – aggravated assault, vandaliz[ing] property, and disorderly conduct.

Disclaimer: If you are wondering why the incident in this story was from September, that’s because I had to file a FOIA request to get the court documents for the incident. FOIAs are time consuming.

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