Police: Drunk man struck woman with shovel, caused disturbances throughout night

A city man was arrested Friday for hitting a woman with a snow shovel and starting fights with other men, city police announced Monday.

Kiersten G. Libbey, 22, of 10 Northcliffe Road, Apt. 514, was arrested after he turned himself in on Friday afternoon at the city police station at 25 Court Street, according to a city news release.

Libbey’s behavior caused police to be called three times, starting at 9:25 p.m. Thursday, to 36 E. Court St., Apt. 3., where Libbey is accused of causing a series of disturbances, according to the department.

During the incidents, an intoxicated Libbey fought with other men, yelled obscenities, threatened neighbors, swung a snow shovel around and struck a 57-year-old woman with the shovel, stated Lt. David Guerrera. The woman was uninjured, Guerrera stated.

Each time officers went to the apartment complex, Libbey barricaded himself and refused to come out, Guerrera said. After considering the charges involved were minor, police opted to leave rather than force their way into the apartment with a search warrant and arrest warrant, Guerrera said this afternoon. Libbey turned himself in the next day. 

Libbey was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, as well as second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct and noise prohibited, violations. After his arraignment in City Court, Libbey was released to reappear March 18.