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Homeless woman gets 15 days in jail over scuffle at shelter

Victim was hit and tackled after telling woman to leave shelter

Posted: February 3, 2014 6:15 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2014 6:15 p.m.
 

A 33-year-old woman who assaulted a worker at the Santa Clarita Valley homeless shelter the day after Christmas has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Diana Gonzalez is scheduled to appear for a restitution hearing next week in Newhall Municipal Court, where she pleaded no contest to a single charge of misdemeanor battery, spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

Gonzalez, identified as a transient by local sheriff’s deputies, was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 36 months summary probation, Santiago said. She is expected to be ordered to pay $140 in restitution.

Gonzalez was arrested Dec. 26 on suspicion of battery. A woman who works at the shelter on Drayton Street in Saugus told the investigating deputy the homeless woman became abusive when she was asked to leave the shelter the day after Christmas, according to a report filed at the sheriff’s station.

The Santa Clarita Valley’s only homeless shelter normally closes during the day but stayed open all day for its residents on Christmas.

The victim said Gonzalez punched her in the neck and then tackled her to the ground after being told she had to leave the shelter during the day, according to the deputy’s report.

A shelter security guard spotted them and was able to control the suspect and escort her from the shelter, the deputy wrote.

The victim suffered a one-inch cut to her left knee.

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