Woman charged with assaulting hospital employee


A Marshalltown woman was arrested by the Marshalltown Police Department earlier this week for allegedly assaulting a UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown employee.

Savvanah Sara Ponce, 28, spit in the face of an emergency department nurse while the nurse was attempting to discharge Ponce from the department, according to court and police records. The nurse did not suffer additional injuries.

“The safety and security of our patients and staff is of the utmost importance,” said Laura Rainey, UnityPoint Health Regional Marketing Director. “We did have a situation Thursday involving the MPD. This is now a police matter so we cannot comment any further.”

Ponce was taken to Marshall County Jail. Marshall County District Court Magistrate Kevin O’Hare appointed a public defender to represent her during her initial court hearing. She is being held on $1,000 bond, cash or surety. Her preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 15.