[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 06/03/20]
MOUNT PLYMOUTH, Florida — A woman who was “very intoxicated” is accused of attempting steal to bottle of wine and throwing it at a 71-year-old grocery store employee Saturday.
A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy was on his way to IGA, 31431 County Road 435, Sorrento in reference to a disturbance in the parking lot. The deputy located Tina Lynn Roberts, 55, who is listed as homeless, in the parking lot of a nearby gas station. The deputy arrived at Circle K, 25615 State Road 46, Sorrento to find Roberts singing and screaming loudly and appeared to be “very intoxicated,” according to an arrest affidavit. A Circle K employee told the deputy Roberts had stolen a 24 ounce can of beer, but he only wanted Roberts trespassed, not charged with the stolen beer.
As the arresting deputy attempted to speak with Roberts, she continued to scream and sing and pulled away as deputies were trying to put her in handcuffs. She was taken to the ground and placed into handcuffs.
The arresting deputy then responded to IGA, where Roberts had been trespassed from earlier in the day. A 71-year-old employee told the deputy Roberts took a bottle of wine and exited the store without paying. The employee followed her outside and told her to pay for the wine or return it and she allegedly became “enraged and threw the bottle of wine at the victim nearly striking him before shattering on the pavement,” the affidavit states.
Robert was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon on a person over 65, disorderly intoxication, petit theft, trespass after warning and resisting an officer without violence. She is being held at the Lake County Jail on $4,500 bond.
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