York woman pleads no contest to biting crime fighter

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York City woman has avoided more prison time for allegedly stabbing a man with a meat fork, then taking a bite out of a crime fighter.

Rosa Ocasio-Baez, 54, of East King Street, pleaded no contest Tuesday in York County Court to two counts of simple assault, according to court records.

Rosa Ocasio-Baez

She was sentenced to a total of 43 days to 23 months in prison — which amounted to a time-served sentence — and two years of probation, records state. She also was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, and comply with recommended counseling and treatment.

Police said Ocasio-Baez was embroiled in a domestic argument in her home about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 2014, when she stuck a large two-pronged meat fork into the right forearm of Luisa Rivera, then fled to a neighboring home, according to court documents.

'Belligerent': When responding York City officers tried to arrest Ocasio-Baez at that neighbor's home, she became belligerent and disorderly, court documents state.

During the struggle, she bit Officer Jason Jay on his right leg, according to police.

Officers subdued Ocasio-Baez and took her to York Hospital for a physical and mental evaluation, documents state.

She was arraigned on assault charges after being released from the hospital.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.