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Ky. beauty queen loses crown over arrest

Miss Kentucky Latina lost her crown and faces assaults charges after an alleged rampage that left one woman beaten and another man stabbed in the neck with a ball point pen, police say.
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Miss Kentucky Latina lost her crown and faces assault charges after being accused of beating a woman and stabbing a man in the neck with a ball-point pen, police say.

CBS affiliate WKYT-TV in Lexington reported that police in Richmond arrested Daniela Gaskie, 22, after attacks on a gas station attendant and pharmacist last week. Gaskie was the reigning Miss Kentucky Latina until the organization found out about the arrest.

Gaskie also was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. She is scheduled to appear in Madison District Court on Oct. 19.

The pharmacist, Mary Ann McKinney, told on Thursday that she suffered cuts and bruises in the Sept. 29 melee. "Those will eventually heal, but it was an ordeal," she said.

Police say Gaskie became enraged at a gas station attendant and stabbed him in the neck with a pen. No one knows what provoked the attack, police said.

After that encounter, Gaskie ran across the road to the M & M Drug Store's parking lot, where she started beating on McKinney's silver Avalon, McKinney said.

"Well, I walked out of the store to the girl and said, 'Excuse me, but you've got the wrong car,' and she answered me in a very explicit way. She went into this mad rage," McKinney said.

Gaskie is accused of kicking and scratching the woman, police said.

"She kicked me in the stomach, tore off my glasses, my glasses ended up on the pavement, tore at my back, busted my lip, knocked up a bump on head," McKinney said. "I still have a knot on the back of my head."

McKinney said the fight attracted bystanders and motorists who stopped and tried to help.

"It was happening so fast that no one could really do anything. She was very strong. But, I knew that once I heard the police sirens, I would be OK," McKinney said.

McKinney said she sat down on the pavement and waited until her husband, John, arrived at the scene.

"We were all asking each other if we had ever seen her before. And no one knew who she was or what she was doing here in town," McKinney said. "But here she was, in the police car, blowing kisses at us."

The Miss U.S. Latina organization told WKYT-TV that organizers also discovered that Gaskie was married. The organization stripped her of the crown on Tuesday.

WKYT-TV, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.