An employee of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison was surprised to find a woman clad in a pink nightgown in his pickup truck at the end of his shift July 28. Officers responding to the scene got an even bigger surprise when the woman reportedly began stripping her clothing in the parking lot and tossed her underwear at their feet.
According to the probable cause affidavit, 27-year-old Melissa A. Santana has been charged with a felony count of breaking or entering and a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. An address for Santana was not provided on court documents.
While working security at the medical center, a Harrison police officer reported he was advised by hospital staff of a woman in a black tank top and black shorts having taken a bag of clothing from the admissions area and running out the door.
While the officer was unable to locate a woman fitting that description, he was alerted by staff of a possible breaking or entering in the north parking lot.
When the officer arrived to that area, he reported a nurse pointing to a woman in a pink nightgown, and said she had attempted to enter a white truck before making her way to a blue one owned by a hospital employee.
The owner of the truck said he had started his vehicle remotely and unlocked it so he could carry out his groceries at the end of his shift. However, when he exited the hospital, a woman, later identified as Santana, was in his truck.
Santana told the officer she was trying to borrow the truck to get to her brother’s house in Bergman. Santana was wearing a pink nightgown and was in possession of a bag of assorted clothing. She said she had climbed into the truck, changed and then the men had showed up.
The officer noted as he spoke with Santana, she was laughing erratically. She would begin to laugh without reason and kept trying to walk away. During the conversation with Santana, she reportedly began disrobing, before tossing her underwear at the officer’s feet. She then tried to flee, was stopped and placed under arrest.
Her bond on the two charges was set at $2,500.