Astoria woman sentenced for assaulting officers

Misty Dawn Monsen

An Astoria woman was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for assaulting two police officers after trying to steal a case of beer from the Astoria Mini Mart.

Misty Dawn Monsen, 42, pleaded no contest last month in Circuit Court to two counts of assaulting a public safety officer and third-degree robbery. Other charges of resisting arrest, criminal trespass, harassment and theft were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Astoria Police trespassed Monsen from the Mini Mart on July Fourth 2015. Later that evening, she returned to the convenience store and reportedly tried to steal a case of beer. When she was confronted, she started threatening an employee.

Before being booked in Clatsop County Jail, police transported Monsen to Columbia Memorial Hospital. At the hospital, she dug her fingernails into the arm of Astoria Police Officer Brian Aydt, causing a visible injury and bleeding. Once at the jail, Monsen was unruly and dug her nails into the arm of Corrections Deputy Lynette Shaw, causing the deputy to bleed.

Jail staff had to wrestle Monsen to the ground and pepper spray her.

Monsen, who suffers from mental health issues, is well known by the jail and police for a number of incidents. Her criminal history includes convictions of assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and theft.

A few weeks after being arrested for the Mini Mart incident, Monsen was deemed mentally unfit to proceed in her criminal case. She was transported to the Oregon State Hospital in August 2015 for treatment until her capacity to proceed was restored. By January, Judge Cindee Matyas deemed Monsen was able to aid and assist in her own defense.

As part of her sentence, Monsen will seek substance abuse and criminal violence treatment and mental health evaluation and treatment.