Woman claiming to have HIV, Hepatitis C fights officer trying to arrest her

A woman who fought with law enforcement officers trying to arrest her and claimed she had HIV and Hepatitis C appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court last week.

Thirty-eight-year-old Larinda Mikkelson who lists an address in Pierce City, Missouri, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, second-degree battery, fleeing and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. During her court appearance, she was ordered to reappear in October, which will be the deadline to accept or reject any plea offer made by the state. If no plea agreement is reached, Mikkelson is set to go on trial in mid-November.

Mikkelson was arrested late last month when a Lakeview police officer responded to a call reporting a physical domestic disturbance involving two women. It was not an easy job to locate the scene of the alleged fight. A call was made to 911, but no one spoke to the dispatcher who reported hearing only sounds of fighting and talking in the background.

By "pinging" the cellphone from which the call was made, the dispatcher was able to provide police with a general location. The responding Lakeview police officer went to several homes in the area attempting to locate the site of the disturbance.

Two state park rangers, who arrived to assist the Lakeview officer, saw a car preparing to leave a residence along State Highway 178. When the rangers investigated, they reported seeing a female -- later identified as Mikkelson -- in the vehicle. She got out of the car and ran into the garage. She was eventually removed from her hiding place and was alleged to have immediately began yelling and screaming. She became combative with the officers as they tried to arrest her.

The officers reported finding a small bag of suspected marijuana in her right front pocket. In addition, a digital scale found inside the house was identified as belonging to Mikkelson. A residue on the scale field tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Mikkelson was asked where the owner of residence was. She said she did not know.

The owner was found locked in her room. When she came out, the Lakeview officer noted she was crying, and there was blood coming from her nose and mouth. The homeowner said Mikkelson had been drinking all day and had become increasingly "mean and agitated."

The victim said Mikkelson had hit her in the face, pulled her hair, banged her head on the floor and kicked her in the back, side and stomach.

According to his report, the Lakeview officer said Mikkelson did not calm down to any extent after she was put into his patrol car for the trip to the Baxter County Detention Center. He said she "gave me trouble the whole way to the jail."

There was no information in court records indicating what relationship existed between the two women.

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