After allegedly biting a police officer near the Capitol’s West Front, a woman was taken into custody on Friday, Oct. 15.
The Hill citing the United States Capitol Police reported that the woman, identified as Olivia Romano, was carrying a baseball bat at the facade of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. when the officers tried to take the bat from her.
The department described the woman as “agitated,” She started yelling at the officers at around 9:30 a.m.
“When she raised the bat, the officers attempted to take it. In that moment, the woman became combative and bit one of the officers,” the Capitol Police said in a statement.
According to The Hill, a motive for Romano’s actions is unknown, and charges against her are pending. She is now in custody.
This incident marks the second time a Capitol Police officer has been attacked since the Jan. 6 protest that injured more than 140 Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police officers.
In April, a man rammed his car into a security barricade on the Senate side of the Capitol, which killed one officer and injured another.
In addition, the Capitol has recently also witnessed a number of security incidents.
On Sept. 13, officers arrested a man carrying a bayonet and machete in his pickup truck, which had white supremacist symbols on it, outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters near the Capitol.
Last week, a 55-year-old man, identified as Dale Paul Melvin, parked his vehicle illegally in front of the Supreme Court and refused to engage with the Capitol Police officers. As a result, he was arrested on accusation of failure to obey and assaulting a police officer.
In August, another man parked his car in front of the Library of Congress and claimed he had a bomb. The man livestreamed the tense standoff with law enforcement for hours from his vehicle while criticizing President Joe Biden and other Democrats.
Nearly 100 officers have retired or left the Capitol Police since the controversial Jan. 6 riot. The growing security threats have taken a toll on the department’s morale and retention, The Hill reported, citing the Capitol Police union.
“Officers are operating in a high threat environment right now. Unfortunately, this is our new normal and many officers are struggling with the enormous amounts of overtime they are required to work,” Capitol Police union chairman Gus Papathanasiou said on Friday.
“We simply do not have enough officers to meet mission requirements. Congress is going to address officer recruitment and retention immediately because our current situation is not sustainable,” he added.