Woman arrested after allegedly hitting hotel staff with broken furniture

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POCATELLO — A woman police say punched two hotel workers during an altercation has been charged with aggravated assault.

Margaret Chantel Hudson, 53, faces the felony charge of causing grievous bodily harm or permanent disability, court records show.

Officers from the Pocatello Police Department were called to a hotel in the 1300 block of Bench Road just before midnight on Sunday, October 30 to a report of a disturbance, according to a probable cause affidavit. The caller said a woman, later identified as Hudson, refused to leave and hit hotel staff.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to one of the victims, who said Hudson hit her with a lamp post. The victim told officers she was in significant pain in her hand, which had been punched before being crushed by the bedroom door.

The victim told officers that the room directly below Hudson’s was flooded through the ceiling, according to the affidavit. When hotel staff went to Hudson’s room, she refused them access and barricaded the door, the victim told police.

Using a ‘special tool’, staff were able to open the door. In doing so, Hudson first punched the female victim, then used a broken piece of furniture to kick a hotel employee in the leg.

Due to the level of pain felt by the female victim, the police requested EMS, who, after assessing her injury, recommended that she go to hospital.

Hudson was arrested and taken to Bannock County Jail where she is being held on $25,000 bond.

She is also being held on a warrant, which was issued on Tuesday after she violated the conditions of her release in connection with the October 4 drug arrest.

Although Hudson was charged with these crimes, that does not necessarily mean that she committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If found guilty, Hudson could face up to 15 years for aggravated assault. She could also face up to seven years for the October drug possession charge.

Hudson is scheduled to appear before Judge Carol Tippi Jarman for a preliminary hearing on November 14.

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