[IMAGE CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 01/29/20]
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FRUITLAND PARK, Florida — A woman who is accused of spitting in the face of an 86-year-old Hospice patient is behind bars.
A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a home in Fruitland Park Thursday in reference to the theft of a vehicle. The victim, an 86-year-old male Hospice patient confined to a wheelchair, told the deputy Teresa Sharene Warren, 52, had been living with him as a “helper” and had been trying to “run” his life, according to an arrest affidavit. Warren’s two brothers were also on scene and backed the victim’s claims. They told the deputy Warren’s boyfriend, Rocky Colon, had the victim’s truck key and refused to give it back and Warren had removed the extra key from the victim’s key ring. Colon, 29, was found driving the truck Thursday and was arrested and charged with grand theft auto and is being held at the Lake County Jail on $1,000 bond.
On Wednesday, the victim was given an injunction against Warren, “due to her trying to run his life, extort him and threaten him,” and although Warren had not yet been served with the injunction, she was aware of it, the deputy noted in the affidavit. The deputy asked to read the injunction, and it stated,” [The victim] was telling Ms. Warren that he did not want her bringing strangers into his house. Mr. Warren screamed at [the victim], then spit in his face and said [the victim] would die soon and she would make sure that he did.”
While taking the report for the stolen truck, the victim told the deputy he wanted to prosecute Warren for spitting in his face and for taking his truck key.
On Monday, the same deputy spotted Warren in the Sunnyside Drive area of Fruitland Park and she waved at him. The deputy took her into custody and she was charged with battery on 65 or older and petit theft. She is being held at the Lake County Jail on $27,000 bond.
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