Woman involved in 2 violent attacks fails to appear for court, arrest warrant issued


A Gassville woman, who has been involved in two violent incidents, including attacking a nurse at Baxter Regional Medical Center, failed to appear during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and a warrant for her arrest was issued.

In addition to her attack on the nurse, 37-year-old Rebecca Wallace faces charges related to lashing out at an individual when the person found Wallace and a male companion at a residence where they did not belong.

At the time she attacked the nurse in late October last year, Wallace was a patient in the BRMC Adult Behavioral Health Unit.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Wallace is reported to have gone to the restroom accompanied by the nurse. The Gassville woman complained the sink was not working properly and as the nurse checked it, Wallace is alleged to have ripped down the shower curtain and thrown it over the nurse.

The two struggled, winding up in the hallway. As the nurse was attempting to get away, Wallace was reported to have continued to scratch and claw the hospital staffer.

Wallace's original charges were filed in September last year and also contained an element of violence. She is alleged to have threatened an individual who had found Wallace and a male companion, later identified as 38-year-old Bryan Rocap of Flippin, at a friend's residence where they weren't supposed to be.

Rocap is currently on the run. He entered a guilty plea in early October last year to charges stemming from the incident in which Wallace was involved and was sentenced to 48 months probation. He wasted no time in violating the terms and conditions of his probation by not bothering to show up at his initial intake session at the Arkansas Community Corrections office in Mountain Home.

A petition to revoke his probation was filed Oct. 18th last year.

The rather odd incident began when the owner of a home along Chaperal Drive returned to her residence and found a pile of personal belongings on her front porch. It was determined Rocap owned the items. The homeowner told investigators she knew Rocap, but had no idea why his property would be on her porch.

The day after the items were found, the homeowner called the sheriff's office from her place of work to say a friend of hers had driven by the residence and observed a vehicle with two occupants in the driveway. The friend had prior knowledge of the mysterious pile of personal belongings on the porch and pulled into the driveway behind a green SUV with New Mexico license plates to investigate.

At that point, Wallace is alleged to have gotten out of the SUV and approached the homeowner's friend. Wallace claimed she knew the woman who lived in the house and she was aware of Wallace's presence. Wallace did not know the friend was on the telephone with the homeowner who was advising no one should be at the residence. The friend notified the sheriff's office.

As Wallace told her story to the homeowner's friend, she is reported to have become more irate and increasingly menacing.

When deputies arrived, the friend told them Wallace had threatened her and struck her van with a baseball bat. The vehicle occupied by Wallace and Rocap backed into the friend's van pushing it backward allowing the pair to escape before deputies arrived.

Deputies reported blood on the female victim's legs where she had been cut by flying glass when the bat wielded by Wallace struck the windshield. In addition to a broken windshield, there were dings in the door post of the driver's side door and minor damage to the bumper.

The victim was able to take video using her cellphone showing the male subject in the SUV, which led to Rocap's identification.

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