Woman accused of attacking NH store clerk with wine bottle, throwing bag of charcoal at officer

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - A Manchester, New Hampshire woman is facing serious criminal charges after police say she attacked a store clerk with a bottle of wine during a rampage through a gas station and threw a bag of charcoal at a police officer.

Beth Whittaker, 25, was arraigned Thursday in Manchester Circuit Court and ordered held without bail on charges of first-degree assault, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, threat by unauthorized taking, resisting arrest, and violating bail conditions.

An officer responding to a report of a woman throwing items around the Kenoco Gas Station on Elm Street about 8 p.m. Wednesday found 25-year-old Beth Whittaker pacing in the back of the store before she picked up a bag of charcoal and threw it at him, according to Manchester police.

The officer said he deployed his taser but it had no effect on Whittaker, who proceeded to get a large glass bottle and hold it over her head like a club.

After the officer placed her under arrest, the store clerk told him that prior to the attack, Whittaker entered the store, picked up a few items and ran out the door.

He said she began tearing up the store when he pulled her back inside by her backpack and told her he was calling the police.

The store clerk, Arron Disorda, suffered a bloody nose but declined medical treatment.

“My nose is sore,” he said. “She smashed me in the head.”

 

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