Woman Accused of Drunken Pizza Shop Assault

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City woman faces multiple charges for allegedly assaulting several people inside a downtown pizza restaurant.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to Mesa Pizza for a report of a woman assaulting customers inside.

Responding officers encountered 22-year-old Nora Sanchez-Castaneda sitting in front of Mesa Pizza. Police said Sanchez-Castaneda was crying and "in a drunken stupor."

Police said while they were attended to Sanchez-Castaneda, several customers came out of the restaurant and claimed the woman assaulted them. Witnesses told police Sanchez-Castaneda was standing in line to order when she became "belligerent and starting throwing punches at everyone around her."

At least five people suffered injuries in the melee, ranging from serious bruising to superficial abrasions, police said. One alleged assault victim required transport to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Room for treatment.

Police said Sanchez-Castaneda showed signs of intoxication and was unable to perform a preliminary breath test, which she ultimately refused to take. All Sanchez-Castaneda could say about the incident was, "I just wanted to go home."

Sanchez-Castaneda now faces charges of assault causing serious injury, assault and public intoxication.
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