Amber Butler was arrested and charged Friday with felony aggravated assault and burglary with the intent to commit assault, in addition to numerous misdemeanor charges, Bennington police said.
In a written release, police Lt. Lloyd Dean reported the initial 911 call came in to police Friday at approximately 9:14 a.m. The female caller reported that Butler had entered her Walloomsac Housing apartment and that she wanted Butler removed after the two became involved in a verbal dispute. While on the phone with the dispatcher, the caller reported that Butler had retrieved a knife.
Dean said there was a struggle between Butler and the responding police officers upon their arrival, with Butler striking Officer David Faden twice in the head with her closed fist. After being arrested and transported to the police station, Dean said Butler spit on Faden and threatened him, saying she would cut his throat when she got out.
The incident began with Butler entering the apartment and accusing two people of stealing her wallet, according to police. As the incident escalated, police said she kicked one victim in the chest and groin and spit at her, before retrieving a long knife from the kitchen.
When the second occupant in the home attempted to call police, Butler allegedly yanked the telephone cord from the wall, preventing the emergency call.
Police said she also attempted to use a butane lighter to burn the hair of one victim.
Butler had been arrested and cited for violating conditions of release immediately prior to Friday's incident according to police. Dean said existing pending charges against Butler included domestic assault, simple assault, interference with access to emergency services, and violation of conditions of release.
Misdemeanor charges as a result of Friday's incident include interference with access to emergency services, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer with bodily fluids.