Astoria Police officers responding to a report of an unruly woman in the hospital’s waiting room got more than they bargained for Sunday morning, as the woman turned her attack on police.

At 6:12 a.m. Sunday, Astoria Police responded to a report of a disruptive female in the waiting room of Columbia Memorial Hospital’s emergency room.

Officers arrived and found Antonia Marie Zayas, 38, a former Portland resident.

Zayas had thrown magazines all over the place, police discovered. She was also reportedly disruptive with staff, attempting to engage them in inappropriate conversations.

Police asked Zayas to leave, but she told them she would wait to see the doctor. She had seen the doctor already, police said. Then she had come back.

“The hospital had asked to have her ‘trespassed’ and asked not to return,” Deputy Chief Brad Johnston said. But Zayas refused.

She screamed at cops not to touch her, Johnston said, even though they had not touched her yet. She was holding a metal lunch pail, however, and officers took it away from her so it could not be used as a weapon.

When police finally did touch Zayas to remove her from a chair and escort her out, she kicked one of the officers in the groin. 

At that time, she was taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Zayas was arrested and booked into the Clatsop County Jail for assaulting a public safety officer, second-degree criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

She is expected to be arraigned in Circuit Court at 1:15 p.m. today.

This was not Zaya’s first contact with police over the weekend. She was cited and released for mail theft Saturday and taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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