Woman arrested after NE Bend street fight over social media

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BEND, Ore. – A fight in the middle of a northeast Bend street Friday night over messages posted on social media led to the arrest of a 30-year-old Bend woman on disorderly conduct and other charges, police said. The woman and an arresting officer sustained minor injuries when she resisted arrest, they added.

Several officers responded shortly after 10 a.m. to citizen reports of people fighting in the middle of Northeast Elk Court, Sgt. R.C. Bigelow said. Several callers to 911 reported arguing, screaming and fighting among adults in the street, while juveniles also were on the scene.

Officers talked with several adults and juveniles, and those statements and officers’ observations identified Stephonie Eileen Smith as the primary aggressor in the fight, Bigelow said.

Police determined Smith had engaged in violent, tumultuous and threatening behavior in the presence of one of her children and continued to do so after officers arrived, Bigelow said.

Police said Smith refused several orders from law enforcement to stop her behavior and was taken into custody, then treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Bigelow said. He added that no one was injured during the reported fight.

Officers tried to get Smith into handcuffs, but she resisted, so they “took her to the ground,” which resulted in minor injuries, Sgt. Todd Fletcher said.

Smith was taken into custody and brought to St. Charles Bend for treatment, then to the Deschutes County Jail on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and second-degree criminal trespass. A jail officer said Smith was released around 7 a.m. Saturday to a responsible third party.

The officer did not require medical attention, Bigelow added.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Bigelow said, officers determined that the dispute was over messages posted on social media. Fletcher said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Court records show Smith was arrested in June 2018 and pleaded guilty last November to third-degree assault, while a second-degree disorderly conduct charge was dismissed.

Smith was sentenced to 18 months’ probation, with conditions including no alcohol, completing an alcohol treatment program and no contact with a co-defendant.

A January court filing noted she had failed to complete the court-ordered alcohol evaluation and a treatment program and was non-compliant.

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