By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
The proverb adapted from William Congreve’s 1697 play “The Mourning Bride” appears to be as relevant today as it was in Congreve’s time.
An employee at the Casa Mañana restaurant can attest to that after having his vehicle defaced while he worked.
An officer was dispatched to the restaurant at 502 1st Ave. at about 6:56 p.m. on Friday, June 9, regarding a criminal damage call.
Upon arrival, the officer observed a blue, 2014 Dodge Avenger had gouge marks on the front hood that formed a broken heart and text that read “shouldn’t have (expletive) with me”. The gouge marks also went the entire length of the driver’s side of the car, from the front to the tail light.
The victim informed the officer he believed his ex-girlfriend, Cierra White, may have done the damage but he couldn’t be sure until the surveillance footage was checked. A few hours later, the officer was informed the footage from the cameras were available and he returned to the restaurant.
According to his report, the officer said the footage showed White approach the Avenger at about 5:15 p.m. and deface it by scratching it with some object.
Later that night, at about 11:23 p.m., the officer called White on her cell phone and asked about the incident. According to his report, White was forthcoming regarding the damage.
“Hell yeah I keyed that car,” White allegedly said. “He (expletive) cheated on me.”
White then voluntarily met with the officer at the Safford Police Department and said she made the scratches on the car with a rock. She said she damaged the victim’s car because he had “cheated” on her with two women and a man.
White was then placed under arrest and was booked into the Graham County Jail on charges of criminal damage and disorderly conduct.