UPDATE: COVID-19 patient arrested, booked in Wichita Co. Jail Annex

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — UPDATE at 4:55 p.m.: The Wichita Falls Police Department and Wichita County Sheriff’s Office officials are describing what precautions were taken surrounding the arrest of a woman Wednesday night who has tested positive for COVID-19.

She was charged with assault causing bodily injury family violence.

Officers responded about 8:45 p.m., and they said after she punched, scratched and bit her boyfriend.

Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said officers were notified by dispatch that someone at that address was COVID-19 positive which is information the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Health Department provides for first responders.

According to Duke, she was not taken to the downtown jail where the Sheriff’s Office normally does bookings to lessen the chance of exposure to other inmates.

Instead, she was taken directly to the Wichita County Jail Annex on Central Freeway where personnel were already wearing full personal protective equipment when she arrived.

Duke also said she was put in a medical solitary cell, which is normally used for inmates with things like tuberculosis or hepatitis.

WFPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Charlie Eipper said an arresting officer has protocols for these instances too.

“Giving them the equipment to be able to enter houses and things like that if they’re investigating,” Eipper said. “For instance an assault family violence, they can wear a mask, they can put on gloves in order to prevent an exposure, we have set protocols for in case there’s a suspected exposure to someone who has a disease.”

Eipper said officers are told that once they are aware they have been in contact with someone with a potentially infectious disease they need to contact the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Health District in order to take the necessary steps before moving forward.

Now due to HIPPA laws, health district officials cannot confirm whether this patient is one of the 80 or more confirmed cases in Wichita County.

Duke said the woman was tested for COVID-19 about a week ago and was still positive and self quarantining at home.

She made bond at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.


UPDATE: Thursday, May 21, 12:17 p.m. — According to the suspect’s** arrest affidavit, the suspect was arrested at a home on Hooper Drive Wednesday around 8 p.m. after dispatch received a call from a man who said he was bitten by a woman.

When officers arrived, they reported finding the suspect crying hysterically, saying that she was assaulted by three men who were inside of the home with her.

The suspect told officers that they were playing a dice game and she knew that her boyfriend, the man who made the 911 call, was cheating on her.

According to her arrest affidavit, the suspect said they were drinking alcohol and started arguing.

Officers on the scene said they watched a video of the suspect assaulting the victim.

On the video, officers said the suspect was charging at multiple people in the room and punched the victim in the jaw with a closed fist.

While the victim was holding her, he told investigators that she began scratching and biting him.

According to authorities, the victim had distinct bite marks on his left wrist, on the right side of his stomach, and also had scratches all around his upper body, and a busted lower lip.

The victim did admit to officers that he punched the suspect during the altercation to protect himself, according to the arrest affidavit.

The suspect is charged with assault causing bodily injury family violence. Her bond is set at $1,000.

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita County Sheriff David Duke confirmed that a woman, who tested positive for COVID-19, was arrested Wednesday night by the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Duke said the woman, whose name is not being released at this time, was charged with assault family violence.

According to Duke, she was not taken to the downtown jail where the sheriff’s office normally does bookings. Instead, she was taken directly to the Wichita County Jail Annex on Central Freeway.

Duke said she has been put in a medical solitary cell, which Duke said is normally used for inmates with tuberculosis.

The woman is not around other inmates, so Duke said there’s no spread of the virus.

Duke also mentioned that jail staff will be wearing proper personal protective equipment when they do come in contact with this inmate.

**A previous version of this story identified the suspect. The name has since been removed.

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