CROWN POINT — A corrections officer at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City was charged Wednesday in connection with allegations she attacked her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend with a flashlight and pepper spray as they slept in his Hammond apartment.
Sasha S. Cooper, 33, of Hammond, was suspended from duty after the Indiana Department of Correction learned of her arrest Monday, according to a news release.
Cooper told police she entered her ex-boyfriend's apartment in Hammond without his permission and began yelling at him and his new girlfriend, Lake Criminal Court records state.
The man and woman told police they were in bed when Cooper entered the bedroom and pepper-sprayed them, records say. Cooper was in full uniform for work and also had a metal flashlight on her belt, they said.
The man said he pushed Cooper into the kitchen and his new girlfriend ran outside to call police. Cooper is accused of charging the woman as she stood outside, striking her in the head and nose with the flashlight.
The woman suffered several large bumps on her forehead and a bloody nose and lip. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Police arrived and arrested Cooper, who claimed she pepper-sprayed the couple after her ex-boyfriend tackled her. She also claimed she hit the woman with the flashlight because the woman "charged at her with a knife," records say.
Cooper was charged with felony counts battery by means of a deadly weapon, domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and residential entry.
If the allegations are substantiated, Cooper will be fired, Indiana State Prison Warden Ron Neal said in a statement.
Cooper had not yet made an initial appearance before a Lake Criminal Court magistrate, online records showed. She was being held on a $25,000 bail.