A woman who was looting in Old City after the protests over the death of George Floyd and ran over a police officer who tried to stop her has been charged with attempted murder, District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday.
Angela Hall, 41, of the 5400 block of Harley Terrace, was attempting to flee the 700 block of Chestnut Street on May 30 when she drove her white SUV into Officer Antonio Nieves, who was on bike patrol and attempted to stop her vehicle, Krasner said.
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“This individual’s criminal actions are egregious and resulted in serious, possibly permanent, injuries to a police officer who was responding to a situation that was already dangerous," the district attorney said.
Hall was also charged with burglary of a beauty supply store and conspiracy to commit burglary. Video evidence shows people carrying items out of the store while Hall waited outside in a vehicle, Krasner’s office said in a statement.
In the incident involving the police officer, Hall is accused of causing severe bodily injury to Nieves by running him down. The officer suffered a broken arm and other injuries. Hall is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, simple assault, possessing an instrument of crime, and related offenses.
Additionally, Hall is alleged to have called 911 and falsely reported as stolen the rental car she drove into the officer. Video evidence shows Hall abandoning the car on the 6300 block of Eastwick Street later on the night of the incident, Krasner’s office said.
For reporting the car as stolen, Hall was been charged with obstruction of justice and false reports to law enforcement authorities.
According to an internal police report, a copy of which was obtained by The Inquirer, officers on bike patrol observed people walking into the beauty supply store and leaving with arms full of merchandise. When the officers tried to stop them, the people ran to the white SUV and to a silver 2010 Nissan Altima, the report said.
The officers were able to stop the Altima, but the driver of the SUV ran over the officer and continued east on Chestnut. Thousands of dollars in merchandise from the store was recovered from the Altima, and arrested were Henrietta Hatton, 46, of the 2000 block of South Wilder Street, and her daughter, Azzizah Muhammad, 21, of the same address.
As for Hall, Krazner said, “This office intends to hold Angela Hall accountable for the severe harm she has caused Officer Nieves.” A preliminary hearing for Hall has been tentatively scheduled for June 24.