When Newark Police responded to a disturbance call on sunday, a man, Michael Maricle, was observed by police holding down Lindie Stewart in the driveway of the residence. Stewart’s boyfriend, Rocky Rouse, later arrived upon the scene.
In his statementRouse said: “Michael was holding Lindie down on the driveway and was bleeding from his face. I went to grab Lindie to restrain her. I asked Michael what was happening and he said Lindie began biting his neck and was trying to eat his face and chin. I then watched the policeman place Michael in handcuffs and then he quickly came over to help me. While I was holding Lindie, she began biting me in the center of my chest and my armpit which caused me to experience pain and discomfort. Lindie was yelling that she loved me and she won’t let them do this to me. She also said she is taking Alice to the Moon and that she would kill. She also kept saying lol lol lol.
As the policeman was putting the handcuffs on Lindie, she grabbed the policeman and attempted to bite him in his face. The policeman was able to fend off Lindie and was finally got her in handcuffs.”
Stewart, age 37, of 5096 Route 31 in Newark was taken to Newark Wayne Hospital for evaluation. She was released and arrested on warrants for two counts of Assault in the 3rd Degree, arraigned and remanded to jail on $1000 cash plus a $2000 bond. She was scheduled to reappear in a Newark Court yesterday, May 18th
Police believe Stewart’s episode may have been triggered by a combination of Cocaine and Crystal Meth.
Newark Police Chief David Christler told ABC 13 that Rouse’s bite wounds would eventually fully heal. ‘He’ll recover, but it was a pretty good bite. And then she attempted to bite other people including the responding officers who were fortunately able to subdue her without any injury, and she was taken to the hospital,’ Christler said.
Police found a powder at the scene which they believe to be either crystal meth or bath salts. They took it to the hospital with them and are now awaiting test results.
Stewart’s roommate, Bill Jeremenko, told the station that he believes her medication caused her behavior, not illegal drugs.
‘I spent all Mother’s Day [with her], I cooked her breakfast, she stayed here all day she was doing fine, she was taking her medications,’ he said.
‘I want to know what’s going on, because I care for the girl. She’s like a daughter to me.’