Woman Accused of Hitting, Spitting on Police at Wolf Trap


A woman has been charged with assault after she allegedly punched a police officer and spit in his face at a concert at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, according to court documents.

Edie Toupe attended a concert at the venue in Vienna, Va. Thursday evening, and an usher asked to see her ticket. Toupe refused to show her ticket, and the usher called U.S. Park Police about 9:40 p.m., according to court documents.

When the officers arrived, Toupe showed them her ticket, which did not match the seat in which she was sitting. The usher told police Toupe was no longer welcome in the building, and the officers began escorting the woman out of the venue.

While police tried to lead her to the exit, Toupe allegedly "struck” one of the officers in the face.

Both officers immediately handcuffed Toupe, during which time she turned and spit in face of the same officer she hit, according to court documents.

She has been charged with assaulting an officer engaged in official duties.

The performers that night were the mellow Ben Harper and & The Innocent Criminals, and Gill Landry.

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