The woman who was tossed into a psyche ward on Christmas Eve after a violent tirade at San Francisco International Airport is a former Los Angeles deputy city attorney who convinced a judge to lower her bail Tuesday.
Angela Kay West, 50, a Harvard Law School graduate who hasn’t practiced law since 1997, allegedly swung a dustpan at people and threatened officers with a bottle in the Mezzanine Level Food Court in Terminal 3, authorities said.
In court Tuesday, West — who was admitted to the California Bar in 1989 — won her motion to represent herself in the case and pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer.
The court also granted West’s motion to lower her bail from $25,000 to $10,000, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
West flew off the handle at the airport, according to cops and witnesses.
Witnesses told police that at around 7:45 a.m. West grabbed a dustpan with a long handle from a custodian’s cart and started swinging it at customers in the Mezzanine Level Food Court in Terminal 3, according to an investigating detective from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Using the 3-foot-long metal pole, she smashed metal milk containers, merchandise and other food items on the coffee counter of a Peet’s coffee kiosk, Wagstaffe said.
Police said when they tried to talk to her, she swung the pole at an officer, who used a chair to defend himself. West, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, struck the chair with the pole “at least 10 times,” Wagstaffe said.
She calmed for a minute and sat in a booth, but then suddenly started throwing items at the cops, prosecutors said. Finally she “violently resisted” arrest, at one point kicking an officer in the groin before cops took her into custody, they said.
“When officers were able to get the woman under control, she shouted out that she was a lesbian and the officers should stop trying to have sex with her,” Wagstaffe said.
West spent the last week in Mills Peninsula Hospital’s psychiatric ward.
In court Tuesday, she demanded a copy of the police report, and objected when prosecutors asked for time to prepare a redacted copy of the report that doesn’t include mailing addresses, Wagstaffe said.
The court gave the prosecution one day to produce the police report, which was slated to appear during a court hearing Wednesday afternoon.
West’s case was set for jury trial on Jan. 25, with a pretrial conference on Jan. 13.
Examiner Staff Writer Brent Begin contributed to this report.