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Sirens & Gavels

‘Take a Midol’ remark leads to assault

A dispute over a dinged car in a parking lot led to an assault arrest when a woman brandished a weapon after being told to “take a Midol,” Spokane police say.

Shawna M. Sweet, 23, is accused of striking Derek Boyer’s hand with the butt of a large hunting knife that was still in its sheath.

Boyer was sitting in a parked car outside the Smoker’s Outlet, 928 W. Indiana Ave., on Monday when Sweet opened the passenger door to the car she was in and it struck the car Boyer was in, according to court documents.

A verbal confrontation ensued, and Boyer told Sweet to “take a Midol” and called her a derogatory term that refers to her sexual orientation. Boyer told police that Sweet charged at him and pounded his hand with the butt of the knife. He struggled to get free and Sweet hit the car roof, denting it.

Police reviewed surveillance video that shows the incident happened how the victim and witnesses described.

Sweet told police she struck Boyer's hand with her fist, according to court documents.

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