Crime

Holy water and box cutter at hand, woman on run from the devil rams police station

This Edgewood Police Station garage door took a blow from a Ford Expedition driven by a woman who police say claimed she needed protection from the devil.
This Edgewood Police Station garage door took a blow from a Ford Expedition driven by a woman who police say claimed she needed protection from the devil. Courtesy

A 53-year-old woman who rammed her car into the Edgewood Police Station was armed with a box cutter, holy water and a wooden staff.

These were the things she believed would protect her against the devil, who she thought might have been a deputy who came outside to check on the racket.

It was 5:25 a.m. Sunday.

The deputy heard a car alarm first. Then he heard a loud crash as he got into his patrol car, which was parked in the station’s garage.

He looked up and saw the garage door slightly pushed in.

“The vehicle continued to accelerate into the door of the police station after the initial ramming,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

When the deputy walked outside, he found a Ford Expedition backed into the garage door. Inside was a woman holding a box cutter.

She refused to come out or put down the weapon.

The woman told the deputy she had crashed trying to flee from the devil, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

She held tight to the box cutter as more deputies and paramedics arrived on scene.

Milton officers, who came to help, placed a blockade in front of her car so she couldn’t pull away. Firefighters put blocks on her rear tires.

She told deputies she’d come to the police station because she thought it was “holy ground,” Troyer said.

A sergeant agreed to let the woman sprinkle holy water on him to verify he wasn’t the devil if she agreed to put down the box cutter.

She allegedly threatened to melt him if he came too close.

After he took the box cutter from her hands, the woman splashed water on him.

“I didn’t melt,” the sergeant noted in his report on the incident.

Despite that, the woman remained agitated and uncooperative. It took four deputies to restrain her and get her into an ambulance, where she was taken to a local hospital.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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