Amherst, MA - Just imagine that you threatened to attack a girl, then threatened to kill her in front of police, then resisted arrest, threatened police officers, and then assaulted an officer; how much do you suppose your bail would be set at? If you're Tiffany Himmelman, the answer is $250.
According to MassLive.com, the incident occurred on Sunday, at about 10:30 PM when police received a report of a disturbance outside an Indian Orchard apartment building.
Upon arrival, Springfield police officers found several women on the front porch yelling at a female resident. A female suspect, later identified as Himmelman, threatened to "throw blows" with another unnamed female "whenever she saw her," according to the arrest report.
Officers tried to defuse the situation, and told Himmelman to leave the area, only to have her return minutes later. She picked up right where she had left off, yelling at the woman. The arrest report said that she also pointed her right hand, extended her thumb and index finger forming a gun and stated, "Don't worry, you'll get yours, bitch."
Threatening to murder somebody in front of the police is generally considered an effective way to get arrested, so the officers told her she was under arrest.
When officers tried to arrest Himmelman, age 24, she began resisting, fighting, and kicking.
Once she was finally in custody in Officer Rivas' cruiser, Himmelman told the officer that he "obviously didn't know who she was, or what she had done."
She also said "that she has shot people in the kneecaps before and is not afraid to go to jail," according to the arrest report. To make matters, she also threatened Officer Rivas directly, and told him that she would find out where he lived and retaliate against him.
Upon arrival at the police station, Himmelman then assaulted Officer Rivas, by kicking him once in the right knee, then once in the left knee. She continued kicking and thrashing until an officer pepper-sprayed her, "in a one-to-three second burst to her face and mouth."
Himmelman has been charged with five charges, including assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, and pleaded not guilty in a recent court hearing.
The prosecutor noted that she already had pending charges against her, and asked that she at least be held on a $1,500 bond. Judge Michelle Ouimet-Rooke wasn't having it; her bond was set at $250.