Longmont Police Say Woman Held Knife to Child’s Chest
A Longmont woman faces domestic violence, child abuse, felony assault and other charges stemming from a Friday night incident during which police say she held her 3-year-old child at knifepoint.
A police report indicates Elizabeth G. Cruz, 38, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, two counts of felony assault, one count of felony menacing and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, child abuse and violation of a protection order.
Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said police responded to a the 500 block of Elliot Street on a report of a woman violating a protective order. When they arrived, a man told them his wife, later identified as Cruz, had come to the house and locked herself in a bedroom with her 3-year-old and 8-year-old children.
Officers Robert Goodard, Sara Kennedy and Seth Roberts tried speaking with Cruz through the door, but only heard her murmur something, Satur said. He added that when they heard one of the children crying, they kicked down the door and found Cruz, who is pregnant, holding a knife to the 3-year-old’s chest.
Satur said the officers ordered the older child out of the room, and ordered Cruz to drop the knife. One of the officers saw Cruz begin to move the knife and grabbed at it. A second officer grabbed the 3-year-old while the other two officers and Cruz’s husband wrestled her to the ground and disarmed her.
The husband was cut on the finger during the struggle, and the smaller child had a small puncture wound but was not seriously injured, Satur said.
Cruz was later taken to Boulder County Jail. She remained there on Saturday and is due in court on Monday. She has a previous conviction for obstruction of a police officer and attempted assault, according to online court records.
“They put themselves at a lot of risk to rescue the kid,” Satur said of the officers. ”“They worked well together.
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