Police: Elderly woman already facing two cases of assault arrested for violating protective order

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 76-year-old woman was arrested for a third time in six weeks after police said she assaulted her husband twice and then violated a protective order issued against her. 

According to arresting documents, Ronda Jean Chase was arrested on March 9 after police responded to a report of a domestic altercation at her home in St. George a couple of days earlier. 

Documents state Chase’s husband reported to police his wife was angry with him, chased him around the kitchen with a large butcher knife while lunging at him and telling him “I’m going to cut you.”

The husband had recorded evidence of the incident and gave the video to police.

In the video, police said it showed Chase holding a large knife and is seen several times lunging forward with the knife towards him. Police said they heard her tell him she was going to cut him along with other verbally aggressive things while trying to stab him, according to documents.

The husband also told the police on March 8, his wife threw a lotion bottle at him, which struck him in the face and cut his nose, documents state.

In the police report, it said Chase admitted to police she threw the lotion bottle at her husband but denied trying to stab him with the knife.

Chase is facing charges of third-degree felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of threat of violence and assault for the events on March 9.

Chase was arrested again on April 27 for assault when the husband said he returned to grab some parts that were delivered to the home when during a verbal argument Chase began slapping at him and grabbing his arms as she was trying to take away his cell phone.

The husband recorded the incident and showed it to police and Chase can be seen swinging her hands at him aggressively and taking his cell phone by force, documents state.

Chase was booked into jail on one count misdemeanor simple assault and a protective order was issued and served to her on Monday. 

Just after receiving the protective order, Chase called the police to assist her at a home where her ex-husband was living and was listed on the protective order as a residence she is not allowed to go to. Chase told the dispatcher she had already entered the home to place medication she takes inside the fridge.

During an interview with police, she said she was aware she was not allowed at the house without police with her, documents state. 

Chase was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail on one count misdemeanor violation of a protective order.

According to a background check, Chase was convicted in June 2018 of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of simple assault and threat of violence. She accepted a plea and abeyance and was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay a fine of $543.00. 

In that incident, Chase had threatened and poked her husband with two 13″ kitchen knives while telling him she was going to slice him, documents state.

That incident was also recorded with on the husband’s cell phone. 

Police also noted in the report that in the video the husband appeared to be laughing and “egging” his wife on during the encounter, documents state. 

The report said the husband returned the next day to gather some items when he said his wife attacked him with a toilet plunger. 

Records show the husband filed for divorce in June 2018, but the order was dismissed in January 2019. 

Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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