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Woman arrested after rubbing strange substance on people at Circuit Court building

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Posted at 11:25 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 23:29:51-04

ELKTON, Md. — A North Carolina woman was arrested on Friday after causing a disturbance outside the Cecil County Circuit Court building in Elkton.

According to the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, 59-year-old Sandra Wyvet Potts was found near the building entrance and witnesses told police that she was rubbing an unknown substance on several individuals without their consent as they entered the building.

The substance had a very strong odor that was recognized by individuals immediately. A total of 16 people were identified as having the substance applied on them with many of them reporting having mild adverse reactions after the substance was applied.

A Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been identified as one of the victims.

Potts was arrested by Sheriff’s Office deputies without incident at the courthouse.

An investigation revealed that Potts was at the courthouse because of a criminal trial involving a family member and that she wanted to disrupt courthouse activities.

She was charged with Assault second degree on the Sheriff’s Office deputy, Disorderly Conduct and a warrant has been served on her for 8 counts of second degree assault in reference to the other individuals exposed.

Additional assault charges may be added as the investigation continues.

Officials say Potts has been committed to the Cecil County Detention Center pending an initial District Court Commissioner’s review to determine release status.