BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Andrea Rivera faces new charges of aggravated assault (use of a deadly weapon), interference with communications and battery following a July 16 domestic disturbance in White Rock.
According to documents filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Brent Hudspeth went to a residence on Village Place in response to a 911 call. When he arrived, his report says he could hear yelling inside. He knocked on the door which was opened by a child. He saw a woman sitting on the floor bleeding from her knee.
“When asked, everyone in the house said the woman had fallen. The woman said she recently had knee surgery and had staples in her knee. She stated when she fell, the staples broke,” Hudspeth wrote. He said medics were called for the woman. He said a second woman in the residence was yelling at Rivera to get out of the house. The second woman said Rivera had pushed the first woman down and that is why her knee was bleeding. The second woman also stated that Rivera had held a knife to her throat and threatened to cut her. She said Rivera had hit her several times and dragged her by her hair.
The new charges mean that Rivera will also face a First Judicial District Court hearing for violating the terms of her probation in a previous case. In that case Rivera she received a suspended sentence of three years on two counts of aggravated battery with a kitchen knife. The charges stemmed from a November 2017 incident in which Rivera used a kitchen knife to stab Cory Kerschner several times in the chest area and cause a large laceration to his stomach and cut the thumb of her sister, Sara Cooper, with a kitchen knife.
Court documents indicate that Rivera just returned from a rehabilitation program and is homeless.
Rivera is slated to appear in District Court Aug. 7 for arraignment on the probation violation and in Magistrate Court Aug. 9 for a status hearing on the new charge. She was released on her own recognizance in the Magistrate Court case but is being held at the Los Alamos Detention Center on the probation violation.