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Attacks add real fright to Halloween

Palmdale resident arrested after allegedly breaking woman’s nose

Posted: November 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

While some may still be counting Halloween treats, some are trying to forget the nightmare on Tampico Drive when one trick-or-treater allegedly attacked treat-givers there.

A Palmdale woman, who turns 37 Wednesday, is charged with two counts of battery, including battery with great bodily injury for allegedly breaking the nose of one Valencia candy-giver, court papers show.

On Halloween, about 7:17 p.m. when kids were going door-to-door trick-or-treating in many areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, one woman began pounding on the front door of a home on Tampico, deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wrote in their report.

A retired man who lives at the home opened his door and found a woman yelling at him, they said.

“He said she was yelling at him. She claimed she had been in his house earlier and claimed they had her purse,” the deputies reported.

The retired man told her he had never seen her before.

Instead of turning away, the woman began to “act violent” and the retiree thought she was going to “barge in” to his home so he shut the door.

“The suspect stood at his door for several seconds, kicking and pounding and screaming profanities,” deputies wrote. “The (retiree) said when he looked out, the suspect had already confronted the other people.”

Next door to the retiree, a woman was at her brother’s home handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, “when she heard the suspect screaming.”

The woman saw the suspect a couple of houses down, screaming profanities and waiving her arms around, deputies said.

When the visiting woman photographed the street incident, the suspect went “crazy,” according to witnesses who spoke to deputies.

The screaming woman “rushed at the victim and started punching her in the face with both fists ... she had some kind of bottle in her right fist, while she was punching the victim.”

Deputies described the punches as “wildly with both fists, throwing haymarkers and landing punches on the victim’s face.”

The victimized woman, who later went to hospital, is suspected of having suffered a broken nose.

Dena Marie Sneary is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court.



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