Dallas Center woman charged with assaulting Grimes woman

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Emily Michelle Rodriguez, 36, of Dallas Center was arrested Wednesday on a charge of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness.


A Dallas Center woman was arrested Wednesday night after she allegedly assaulted a Grimes woman.

Emily Michelle Rodriguez, 36, of 1602 Maple St., Dallas Center, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness.

The incident began about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Maple Street in Dallas Center, where Dallas County Deputy Sheriffs responded to a report of a disturbance.

The deputies made contact with Rodriguez and a male witness, who each told the deputies that “a verbal argument” occurred between Rodriguez and the victim.

The male witness “described this argument as being only verbal” and said “that he stood between” the two females in order “to avoid any physical confrontation,” according to court records.

Rodriguez “gave a similar recollection of events through guarded statements,” according to court records.

The deputies observed on Rodriguez “two fresh abrasions to the right side of her neck that were inconsistent with her story,” according to court records. Rodriguez told the deputies that she sustained these injuries “while playfully wrestling with her children.”

The deputies made contact with the victim, who “gave a different and more forthcoming recollection of events,” according to court records.

The victim told the deputies that Rodriguez “immediately approached” her and “began to attack her” when the victim arrived at the Maple Street residence, according to court records.

The victim told the deputies that she was “struck numerous times about the head and body as well as having her hair pulled,” according to court records.

Deputies observed on the victim that “her t-shirt was torn,” and she “had fresh abrasions to her right arm, left arm and right neck area” as well as “a puffiness to the left side of her face that could be consistent with swelling from an injury,” according to court records.

The deputies also observed that the victim “had broken and bleeding finger nails to both of her hands,” according to court records.

Rodriguez was held in the Dallas County Jail prior to her release on her own recognizance. She is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 30 in Dallas County District Court.

Rodriguez was arrested in June on a charge of first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness. The case is pending in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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