He slapped her, so she hit him with her car, LBPD says

A woman tried to run over her husband in a Long Beach parking lot on Christmas Eve after he slapped her in the face, police alleged recently in court documents.

The melee left the man with a two-inch gash on his forehead and landed his wife in custody, facing charges of domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon, records show.

The dispute erupted around 3:45 p.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center just outside the Traffic Circle, according to a search warrant filed by a Long Beach Police Department detective late last month.

A Cal State Long Beach police officer was getting coffee from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 1996 Ximeno Ave. when he saw the aftermath of the altercation, according to the warrant.

He reportedly saw the husband bleeding from his head and the wife’s car with a flat tire. He heard her yelling, “I’m going to run that [expletive] over,” the detective wrote.

Another witness told officers he saw the woman speeding up as she drove toward her husband. He watched as she hit the husband with her Honda Accord, “causing him to roll over the vehicle,” police wrote.

When officers talked to the wife, she admitted that her husband “slapped her in the face and that she responded by running him over with her vehicle,” according to the warrant.

Officers took the husband to the hospital but also arrested him because he appeared to be so drunk he couldn’t take care of himself, according to the warrant. He was later released from custody without any charges being filed.

The wife, identified as 39-year-old Latasha Williams, remains behind bars on $100,000 bail, records show.

Her public defender declined to comment on the case Wednesday. Court records show she’s pleaded not guilty.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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