A woman found herself behind bars recently after accusing her gal pal roommate of stealing her clothes.
The victim told Marion County sheriff’s deputies that she was battered by 44-year-old Danielle Nanette Bersani, of Umatilla. She said she was walking on the road in front of their residence when Bersani started yelling at her. She said told her to leave the property and then ran toward her trying to start a fight, a sheriff’s office report states.
The victim said she told Bersani she wasn’t going to fight and turned to walk in the opposite direction. She said as she turned around, Bersani pushed her with both hands on her shoulder blades and scratched her upper back and neck area. She said she refused to fight back and as she continued to walk away, Bersani punched her in the middle of her back with a closed fist, the report says, adding that the victim then called 911 for help.
Another roommate told sheriff’s deputies that he didn’t believe the victim had stolen any clothing from Bersani. He said he was standing at the door of the residence facing the front yard during the altercation and heard Bersani yelling at the victim as she was walking down the road. He said he saw Bersani punch the victim in the back with a closed fist but didn’t see the victim get physical with her at any time during the confrontation, the report says.
After being read her rights, Bersani said she believed the victim had stolen a suitcase full of her clothes. She said the victim was in the yard during the beginning of the verbal altercation and she told her she didn’t want her at the residence any longer and she wanted her clothes back. Bersani said the victim turned around to start walking the other way and she grabbed her shirt to prevent her from walking away but “it did not get physical after that,” according to the report.
Bersani was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with battery (second or subsequent offense). She was being held on $2,000 bond and is due in court May 25 at 9 a.m., jail records show.