As if she were modelling, Amanda Norcia pulled back her long hair to offer a better view of the right side of her face.
But what she was displaying to a Lawrence District Court judge was the angry red mark impressed into her cheek when she says her boyfriend bit her face during a drug-infused, predawn “hook-up” at a secluded Andover campsite.
Norcia, 20, of Floyd Street, Everett, called police around 3:15 a.m. yesterday from inside a car to report that she and boyfriend Brendon Gibson, 24, of 3102 Harvest Drive, North Andover, were on drugs and that Gibson had gone running into the woods after biting her and she feared he would return. She said she couldn’t say exactly where they were.
Norcia’s call prompted a nearly two-hour police search.
The couple were found by Tewksbury and state police around 5:15 a.m. at Serio’s Grove Reservation. Andover police responded shortly thereafter.
Gibson, who was naked and covered in feces at the time police found him, became combative and was pepper-sprayed and Tasered twice by Tewksbury police, according to Andover Lt. Commander James Hashem.
Gibson was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, assault and battery on a household member, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, trespassing and mayhem. He was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment and was returned to police custody around 10 a.m. yesterday.
Norcia was charged with possession of heroin and trespassing.
Norcia told police they lifted up a chain and a metal bar to get into the property.
Police also found five individual bags of what was believed to be heroin on a nearby picnic table, according to the report.
Gibson has serious “superior court time” on his record, including charges of armed assault to rob, armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Gibson was to return to court today for a court-appointed counsel; Norcia is to return on Oct. 11 for a pre-trail hearing.