Crime

Gulfport woman accused of punching ER nurse in the face

Desire Martinez was arrested Nov. 28, 2017, by Harrison County Sheriff's Office on a charge of felony simple assault.
Desire Martinez was arrested Nov. 28, 2017, by Harrison County Sheriff's Office on a charge of felony simple assault. Courtesy of Harrison County Adult Detention Center

A Gulfport woman accused of punching a hospital employee in the face is being held in Harrison County jail.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a press release 33-year-old Desire Louise Martinez was arrested on a felony charge of simple assault on a public health employee

Martinez was transported to Garden Park Medical Center by American Medical Response to receive treatment for a medical emergency, he said.

While receiving care in the emergency room, Peterson said, Martinez punched a registered nurse in the face. Martinez was restrained, and the nurse received treatment for the minor injury, hesaid.

Martinez is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

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