Felony charges possible against woman suspected of slashing Hemet officer


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Felony charges could be filed tomorrow against a 49-year-old woman suspected of slashing a Hemet police officer trying to take her into custody after she flew into a rage outside a mobile home park.

Misty Marie Wagner was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and drunk and disorderly conduct. She’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to Hemet Police Lt. Nate Miller, about 8 p.m. Thursday, patrol officers were called to the 600 block of North Kirby Street, in front of the Colonial Mobile Home Park, to investigate reports of a woman behaving suspiciously.

When the officers arrived, they encountered Wagner “acting erratic and displaying bizarre behavior,” Miller said.

“As officers were speaking with the suspect … she became combative,” the lieutenant said. “Wagner produced a knife and slashed one of the officers.”

The wounded lawman, an 11-year veteran of the Hemet Police Department, assisted fellow officers in disarming the suspect and wrestling her into custody, according to Miller.

He said the injured officer was treated at a trauma center for an arm laceration and was sent home to recover.

Wagner was not injured, nor were any other officers.

The case has been submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office for review.

According to court records, Wagner has an unresolved misdemeanor driving under the influence case pending from last year. She missed an arraignment in May 2018, and a warrant was issued for her arrest, records show.

However, the warrant was rescinded last month after the defendant was located and signed a promise to appear for another arraignment on Dec. 23 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.