LITTLETON, Mass. - A Newton woman was arrested in Littleton after she allegedly threw a hammer and sprayed bleach at another woman.
Littleton Police arrested Asia Dotten-Jiles, 22, of Newton and charged her with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The incident, police say, happened on Wednesday around 6 p.m. when Littleton officers were dispatched to 26 Green Needles Rd. for reports of an assault.
At the scene, police say Dotten-Jiles had confronted the victim, as well as neighbors, and had made verbal threats after the victim had gone to a nearby home to visit a neighbor.
When the victim left her neighbor's house, Dotten-Jiles allegedly confronted her again, this time with a hammer and a spray bottle containing bleach.
Authorities say it was then that Dotten-Jiles threw the hammer at the victim, hitting her in the shoulder and head, before spraying bleach at her.
The victim has been identified as Jaime Walker; she sustained minor injuries in the incident.
"I don't know her," Walker said. "I only met her just the other night [...] I said hello to her, that was it."
Armed with a can of pepper spray, Walker used it on Dotten-Jiles, causing her to retreat back to the house on Green Needle Road.
"It was on my keychain," Walker said. "My dad gave it to me for protection because I'm a girl and I don't drive, I walk.”
Police found Dotten-Jiles inside the house after she had showered and washed the pepper spray from her body.
Police took Dotten-Jiles into custody, where she was held on $25,000 bail and was arraigned Thursday morning in Ayer District Court.
Dotten-Jiles was also wanted on a warrant out of Quincy District Court on a charge of resisting arrest and a warrant out of Boston District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
As the judge read her prior criminal history, Dotten-Jiles became visibly angry in court. Her attorney says the charges are baseless.
"She denies any allegations," attorney Chris Reardon said. "This is a self-defense case."
Walker was transported to Nashoba Valley Medical Center for evaluation. She is planning to have surgery on her cheekbone, which she says was fractured.
"I didn't deserve it at all, I didn’t know her from a hole in the wall," Walker said of Dotten-Jiles. "I'm here helping my friend because she just lost her husband and, you know, she needed help."
Dotten-Jiles is due back in court on August 9 for a pre-trial hearing, she is being held without bail in the meantime.
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