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Knife Wielding Woman Tasered After Allegedly Attacking Polk Deputy & Multiple Victims

Davenport, Florida – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Heyla Rivas, 32, from Logansport, Indiana, on multiple charges including attempted murder. The incident occurred at an apartment complex in Davenport. Rivas allegedly attacked a Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy and multiple victims. The deputy who was allegedly attacked tasered Rivas and took her into custody.

The following is a long exerpt from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office affidavit and specifically (It should be noted that this is an unedited report of facts by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office . These facts are up for question and everyone is entitled to question the validity of facts by law enforcement in a court of law. The Daily Ridge does not rewrite these facts as some meanings or interpretations could be in error and change context. We hope readers appreciate being able to read the information and come to their own understanding and conclusions) (Deputy Charlotte Hartle) :

“On Monday, February 21st, 2021, at approximately 1124 hours, I (affiant/victim) was dispatched to the area of Sand Mine Road and Caribbean Drive, Davenport, FL 33897 in reference to a suspicious incident.


Upon arrival, I made contact with REDACTED (witness #1), who identified herself as an employee of Island Club West HOA. REDACTED informed me an unidentified female suspect, later identified as Heyla Rivas, entered the clubhouse in which she was working and attempted to stab her with a knife before pushing her. REDACTED advised the suspect also pushed two (2) other females who were present, identified as REDACTED (witness #2) and REDACTED (witness #3). REDACTED informed me the suspect was currently in the clubhouse destroying property within.


While making contact with REDACTED I was approached by REDACTED (witness #4), who advised the suspect scratched his vehicle with a knife. While speaking with REDACTED I observed the suspect exit the front doors of the clubhouse and approach my agency issued patrol vehicle. I observed the suspect to be in possession of a knife.
I identified myself as a Deputy Sheriff with the Polk County Sherifrs Office while wearing my agency issued “class B” uniform. I requested the suspect drop the knife and place her hands behind her back. The suspect continued to approach me while failing to comply with my verbal commands and swinging the knife in an aggressive manner.
I retrieved my agency issued Taser and deployed one (1) successful five (5) second cycle to the suspect which resulted in complete neuromuscular incapacitation (NMI). The suspect dropped the knife at this time. I was able to gain compliance of the sus�_ect and place her in handcuffs without further incident.


Due to the suspect intentionally and unlawfully approaching me, a self-identified law enforcement officer wearing an agency issued “class B” uniform, while swinging in a knife in an aggressive manner which created in me a well-founded fear that violence was imminent, I determined probable cause exists to charge the suspect with one (1) count of 784.07(2)(C) – Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.


Due to the suspect knowingly and intentionally failing to obey commands given by me, a self-identified law enforcement officer wearing an agency issued “class B” uniform, during the execution of my legal duty, I determined probable cause exists to charge the suspect with one (1) count of 843.02 – Resisting an Officer Without Violence.


The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the Sherifrs Processing Center (SPC) without further incident.”

Here is a second affidavit which explains a little more regarding the charges Rivas is facing (Deputy Oscar Ardon)!

“On 02/21/22, Northeast deputies responded to Island Club west subdivision, located at 3100 Caribbean Dr, Davenport FL, in-regards to a suspicious person threating to stab people.
D/S Hartle 8901, responded to the scene and made contact with the suspect, later identified as Heyla G. Rivas. D/S Hartle 8901, noticed that Rivas, had a weapon in her hand at which point D/S Hartle 8901, gave several verbal commands, which Rivas ignored and continued to approach D/S Hartle 8901 with weapon in hand. D/S Hartle 8901 deployed her agency issued Taser and placed Rivas under arrest.
During the investigation I learned that Heyla Rivas, unlawfully forced her way into the HOA office, and pushed, REDACTED, and REDACTED, who were attempting to keep the suspect from entering the building.


During a sworn recorded statement with REDACTED, she advised that on 00/21/22, Heyla Rivas, unlawfully forced her way into the office building, armed with a weapon (knife). REDACTED stated once Rivas, entered the build Rivas pushed her and attempted to stab her in the abdominal area with a knife. REDACTED stated that Rivas actions placed her in fear for her life and believes that Rivas intentionally tried to kill her by attempting to stab her in the stomach area.
REDACTED, stated during a sworn recorded statement that she was inside the HOA office, when the suspect entered the building and was screaming. REDACTED walked towards the front desk, at which point the suspect (Rivas) physically grabbed REDACTED against her will, and forcibly moved REDACTED out of the building pushing her causing REDACTED to fall and causing an abrasion on REDACTED left hand. REDACTED is an elderly person of the age of REDACTED Years-old.
REDACTED, provided a sworn recorded statement, I n which she advised that she witnessed Rivas walking over towards the HOA office. While Rivas was crossing the street from the gate area, Rivas stopped in front of a white vehicle and witnessed Rivas scratch the vehicle’s passenger side. REDACTED stated that she walked over towards the front door of the office with REDACTED in an attempt to keep Rivas from entering the building. REDACTED stated that Rivas forced the front door open and pushed REDACTED out of the way as Rivas unlawfully entered the building.


At the scene REDACTED, provide a sworn recorded statement in regards to the incident. REDACTED stated he was driving his white Toyota FL REDACTED, into the community. REDACTED advised that while entering the front gate an unknown female, later identified as Heyla Rivas, stopped in the middle of the road in front of his vehicle keeping him from driving. REDACTED waited a few seconds before he drove around Rivas, who was blocking the road. REDACTED stated that as he drove around Rivas, he heard a loud scratching noise coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. REDACTED pulled into the HOA, got out of his vehicle and walked over to the passenger side of the vehicle and noticed a large scratched on the passenger door to the rear fender of the vehicle caused by Rivas. REDACTED estimated the damages to be over $1000.


I made contact with REDACTED oflsland Club West, who provided a sworn recorded statement in reference to the incident. REDACTED advised the Rivas (suspect) unlawfully forced her way into the HOA office and caused over $1000, worth of damages by destroying and breaking several items, slashing the furniture with a knife.


During a post Miranda interview with Heyla Rivas, she admitted to all the charges and advised she did what she did out of frustration.


Based on the victim’s statements and evidence, there’s probable cause to charge, Heyla Rivas, with attempted murder, armed kidnaping, aggravated battery on a person over 65 years-old, Felony criminal mischief, armed burglary of a structure, simple battery.

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