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Woman held in assault case recently released from psychiatric care

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Local,Maryland,Crime,Kate Jacobson

A woman who police say tried to run over a police officer while apparently eating soap on Tuesday outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center had been released from a psychiatric facility just days before, according to court testimony.

Angela Akousa Cobbold, 27, of Manassas, appeared in Montgomery County District Court on Wednesday for a bond hearing, and faces charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. A judge ruled Wednesday to hold Cobbold on a no-bond status pending a psychiatric evaluation, which is scheduled for next week, as she was a potential threat to the public and herself.

Cobbold was released from a psychiatric facility on Friday. The morning of the crash, family members were going to have her recommitted for emergency psychiatric care, Assisant State's Attorney Peter Feeny told the court.

Police say she then was clocked by police going 93 mph on Interstate-66 in Virginia. A half hour later, police said she made a U-Turn in front of Walter Reed and was stopped in traffic.

When officers approached her car, they observed her eating or biting on a bar of soap. As officers attempted to make contact with her, she crashed her car into another vehicle and headed back onto Wisconsin Avenue.

She backed up, rammed her car into a marked police cruiser and drove over the sidewalk. She then drove toward another officer, who shot once at her car.

Cobbold attempted to flee and crashed into a construction area on Nebel Street in Rockville and was arrested.

She is due back in court Wednesday.

kjacobson@washingtonexaminer.com

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