Nineteen-year-old accused of burglary, assaulting police officer

A 19-year-old woman who had been released on bond for suspected car theft faces a laundry list of additional charges after being arrested Saturday.

Ashleigh Nicole Mays was arrested just after 2 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer, burglary, trespass and a slew of other charges, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Officers responded to a possible burglary at a home near 12th Street and Texas Avenue, Sgt. Dave Stassen said.

“The woman who owned the home said she thought someone was trying to break in through the window,” Stassen said. “Apparently, she screamed and the person took off.”

Stassen said officers found a nearby car that had been broken into, and Mays was inside, trying to hide underneath the dash. Mays refused requests to get out of the car, he said.

“They ended up having to go hands-on,” Stassen said. “She tried to punch the officers.”

After wrestling a struggling Mays into the police car, police soon discovered she had slipped a hand out of her cuffs.Mays again tried to fight the officers, using the free cuff as a weapon. She hit at least one of the officers with it, Stassen said.

When she was booked into the Mesa County jail, Stassen said, officers discovered Mays was out on bond on the theft charge.

Mays also faces charges of underage alcohol possession, two counts of resisting arrest, escape while held for a felony and bail violation for a felony in connection with the incident.


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