An Anne Arundel woman was arrested outside a Bel Air bar Thursday for allegedly assaulting two town police officers, one of whom responded with a verbal outburst caught on a video clip which has surfaced this week.
Ariel Williams-Lewis, 23, of Davidsonville is charged with four counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failing to obey the instructions of an officer and trespassing in connection with the incident, which occurred just before midnight Thursday at Looney’s Pub in Bel Air.
The video was shot by a bar patron and posted on YouTube Saturday. By Tuesday evening it had garnered more than 17,500 views and three dozen comments on its original posting, and appeared on several social media sites.
In the video, a town officer is shown arresting a woman on several charges not depicted in the clip. As she is hauled to her feet, the woman appears to spit on the officer, who responds by telling her, “You f–king spit on me, I’ll knock your f–king teeth out…f–king shitbag.”
Calls for comment to the Bel Air Police Department and town commissioner chairman Robert Reier were not returned as of Tuesday evening. Edward Hopkins, the town commissioner in charge of overseeing the police department, said the town was aware of the video and was looking into the incident, but declined further comment.
“The video is but a short clip of what occurred,” Hopkins told The Dagger. “It would be inappropriate for me to comment, despite the video, without knowing the full story of what took place. I know that Chief [Leo] Matrangola is aware of the video. I’m also aware there is a process in place to fully investigate situations such as these. He told me he’s looking into the incident and I would prefer to have all sides to what occurred before making any comment.”
According to documents filed in Harford County District Court by Bel Air police, Williams-Lewis allegedly became involved in a physical altercation with a man at the bar, and was escorted from the premises. Police said she returned a short time later and was again removed from the bar by its security staff. Once outside, police said she kicked a member of the bar’s security and squeezed his wrist “with such force it removed skin and blood.”
When Bel Air police responded to the scene, Williams-Lewis directed foul language at the officers and slapped one across the face. She allegedly resisted arrest and, once handcuffed, spit at a second town officer. According to court documents, she was taken to the Harford County Detention Center where she continued to “act violently” and spit on a corrections officer. The latter incident resulted in additional charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense; details of those charges were not immediately available from District Court records.
According to Harford County Sheriff’s Office records, Williams-Lewis was held on $50,000 bond.