Woman who went ballistic on Christmas Eve at SFO released 

A former Los Angeles deputy city attorney has been let out of jail a month after her violent tirade at San Francisco International Airport on Christmas Eve.

Angela West, 50, a Harvard Law School graduate who hasn’t practiced law since 1997, was released from custody at 4 p.m. Tuesday after she plead no contest to two misdemeanor charges in connection with the Dec. 24 outburst.

West, who represented herself in the case, earned a trip to the psyche ward after flying off the handle in SFO’s Terminal 3 food court. She grabbed a 3-foot-metal pole attached to a dustpan from a custodian’s cart, then used it to smash items on the counter of a Peet’s coffee kiosk, police said.

She also swung the pole at a cop, authorities said.



West was sentenced Tuesday to 49 days in county jail. The judge credited her for time already served and ordered her release from custody, prosecutors said. She has also been placed on two years probation.

The tirade occurred at around 7:45 a.m. West first started swinging the custodian’s dustpan pole at customers in the food court, a detective from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.

She then smashed metal milk containers, merchandise and other food items on the Peet’s coffee kiosk, District Attorney Steve 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 at least a week in Mills Peninsula Hospital’s psychiatric ward.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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