- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—NEW ALBANY — A woman who allegedly battered a New Albany police officer at a Walmart on Grant Line Road Friday is being held at the Floyd County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Police responded around 5 a.m. to reports that a woman, Rachel Ritter, Jeffersonville, was shoplifting. When officers arrived, a witness told them Ritter had jumped behind one of the counters and thrown items on the floor. Ritter also partially ate a bag of chips and was walking around wearing the store’s clothing, according to the police report.

Police found Ritter in the lawn and garden section with a tiki torch which she “began to swing and twirl it as she continued to walk.” Before officers confronted her, Ritter also allegedly wrote on the wall in the electronics department.

An officer put Ritter in handcuffs “due to her erratic behavior” and took her to the store’s Loss Prevention Office. Ritter then slipped her right hand out of the handcuffs, according to the report.

Officers then struggled to put Ritter back in handcuffs. During the struggle, Ritter allegedly “delivered a side kick to the groin” of one of the officers. The officer said the kick “caused him physical pain.”

Ritter is charged with a level 6 felony batter against a public safety official, theft, criminal mischief and resisting law enforcement. According to online court records, Ritter must submit to substance abuse and psychiatric assessments prior to her release.

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