An Augusta couple went to jail Friday after fighting with a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy at the Evans Walmart.
Matthew Ray Hernandez, 23, and Monica Raquel Hernandez, 24, both of McDowell Street, were charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement.
A manager of the Walmart called authorities at about 5 p.m. to say the pair were acting belligerent, yelling and cursing in front of customers. The deputy warned them to stop, but they continued to argue, so the manager wanted them to leave.
As the deputy escorted Matthew Hernandez out of the store, he continued cursing and ran back inside. The deputy again followed him out, telling him to go to the patrol car to be arrested.
When the deputy put his hand on Matthew Hernandez’s back to escort him, he jerked away and the deputy pushed him into a wall. As the deputy tried to get him on the ground to put on handcuffs, Monica Hernandez grabbed the deputy.
The deputy held Matthew Hernandez down by the back of his neck while trying to push Monica Hernandez away. Monica Hernandez finally backed away when the deputy pulled out and threatened her with mace. The deputy handcuffed Matthew Hernandez and a second deputy arrived and arrested Monica Hernandez.
The deputy received a small cut on his lower lip.
Matthew Hernandez, who also faces a probation violation charge, was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday without bond. Monica Hernandez was released Saturday after posting a $5,100 bond, according to jailers.