Woman charged with aggravated assault on peace officer

Published 1:24 pm Friday, February 2, 2018

PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday, 2/01/2018 at 4:50 p.m. Pinehurst Police Officer K. Norton and Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III responded to a residence in the 4000 block of W. Park in reference to Criminal Trespass.

The homeowner called 9-1-1 to report that a white female had entered his residence and was refusing to leave.  She then walked upstairs, entered a bedroom and laid on the bed, still refusing to leave. The homeowner called 9-1-1 to report the incident.  Upon arrival, Officer K. Norton and Chief Hanauer confronted the white female advising her to stand up but she refused.   After continuing to comply with commands to stand up, she was advised that force would be used if she did not comply.  She stated, “Don’t touch me, I will slice both of you up right now.”  She refused to show officers her hands, which were hidden under her body.  Chief Hanauer attempted to place the subject into custody by pulling her from the bed.  She reacted by making an aggressive move towards him while displaying a folding knife with a blade similar to a straight razor. She swing the knife in his direction in an attempt to cause bodily injury or death.  Chief Hanauer was able to avoid contact with the weapon.  She then attempted to cut Officer Norton who was able to deploy his department issue Taser, which struck the female in the leg and abdomen.  She then threw the knife in the direction of Officer Norton striking his foot. She then pulled the Taser lead from her abdomen.  At this point officers were able to subdue her without incident and without injury to either themselves or the female subject.

The white female, later identified as Sally Tootle, a 37 year old white female who formerly listed a Pinehurst address, was placed under arrest for 2 counts of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Trespass.  If convicted she faces 5 to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.   She remains in the Orange County Jail with bonds totaling $42,000.