Aretha Robinson

Aretha Robinson

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A 52-year-old Philadelphia woman was sentenced to two years of probation Monday after pleading guilty to a simple assault stemming from a parking spot dispute.

Aretha Robinson, of the 1100 block of West Chelten Avenue, was arrested following the March 10 confrontation at the 69th Street Wawa in Upper Darby, where she clubbed another customer in the head with a tire iron.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Robinson got into a heated argument with the victim in the parking lot, which continued inside. Robinson followed the victim into the store and threatened to harm her.

Robinson then left the store, retrieved a tire iron from her car and re-entered the Wawa, where she began following the victim. When the other woman turned away from Robinson, she struck her in the side of the head with the iron.

Upper Darby police officers John Millison and Travis Hall were dispatched to the store just before 7 p.m. and found Robinson standing with the tire iron in hand. The victim did not seek medical treatment at the scene, though Millison observed a large contusion on the right side of her head.

Robinson, who has been free on 10 percent of $15,000 since March 15, was initially charged with felony aggravated assault and three simple assault misdemeanors, as well as terroristic threats and possession of an instrument of crime.

The remaining charges were dismissed under the negotiated guilty plea worked out by Assistant District Attorney Geoff Paine and defense counsel Baltazar Rubio.

In addition to probation, Robinson was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to attend anger management classes.

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