Woman refuses to leave man’s apartment, bites police officer

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MANCHESTER, NH – A Manchester police officer was bitten on the chin Thursday while trying to remove a woman from a West Side apartment building after she was reported as “unwanted” and refusing to leave the premises.

Officers were dispatched on Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. to assist in the removal of Mercedes Stengel, 38, of Manchester, from an apartment building on Dubuque Street after the building manager and a resident of the apartment requested help in removing the woman from an apartment.

One of the residents of the apartment said he came home and was denied entry into his own apartment because Stengel, who was unknown to him, locked him out and refused to let him inside. Both he and the building manager contacted police to assist.

According to a police narrative of the incident, officers asked Stengel several times to vacate the apartment, but she refused. They attempted to place her into custody for criminal trespassing after she refused to vacate the apartment. However, she dropped to the floor and began rolling around to prevent the officers from placing her under arrest.

Stengel started to dig her fingernails into Officer Konrad Jaworowski’ s finger while in handcuffs and refused to comply with the arrest. She dropped to the ground a second time as the officers escorted her out of the building, when she bit Officer April’s chin as the officers attempted to pick her up from the ground. She began urinating as the officers placed her into the transport wagon, so she was taken directly to Hillsborough County House of Correction, due to her actions.

Stengel was charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest/detention and two counts of simple assault. She was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on November 2, 2018.