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Woman brandishes knife, arrested following altercation

Several passersby witnessed an altercation Monday at City Market that led to the arrest of a woman on charges of felony menacing and disorderly conduct.

Around noon on Monday, the Pagosa Springs Police Department received a report of a man and a woman involved in a physical altercation in front of City Market, Det. Scott Maxwell said.

Upon arrival to the scene, Maxwell said he spoke with a male victim who had indicated he had run into the female acquaintance in the store and she began verbally accosting him, Maxwell said.

The man further indicated that when he left the store a short time later the woman again confronted him immediately outside the doors, Maxwell said.

Maxwell reported that the woman then pushed the man, at which point he pushed her and attempted to leave, but the woman pulled a knife out of her pocket and threatened the man with it.

The man then went back into the store and passersby called law enforcement, Maxwell said.

The woman’s car was eventually located at a residence in the Hatcher Lake area and the woman, Victoria Schmidt, 45, formerly of Pagosa Springs and currently of Monett, Mo., was arrested by Maxwell and an Archuleta County Sheriff’s deputy, Maxwell said.

Schmidt was arrested on a charge of felony menacing for threatening another person with a deadly weapon and on a charge of disorderly conduct for displaying a deadly weapon in a public place.

The knife used in the altercation was reportedly thrown out of the suspect’s car in the area of the Village Lake dam and dock, Maxwell said. The area was searched a couple hours after the incident, but the weapon was not found.

Maxwell described the knife as a “fairly large folding knife with a blue handle and a black metal blade.” The knife was also possibly in a knife box, he said.

Anyone with information about the location of the knife or anyone who may have found the weapon is asked to call Maxwell at 264-4151, Ext. 12.

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