Sword-wielding woman on suicide watch

Orange County deputies say woman brought sword into Orlando mosque

Published On: Dec 19 2012 12:03:29 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2012 02:16:43 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A woman carrying a 2-foot-long sword is on suicide watch on Thursday after she was arrested on charges of entering a mosque on the campus of a private Orlando school on Wednesday.

Dominique Vianneyte Eloi, 47, was arrested on charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds, disrupting a school function and aggravated assault with a weapon. Her first appearance has been rescheduled for Friday morning.

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According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Eloi drove onto the campus of Leaders Preparatory School on North Goldenrod Road near East Colonial Drive and North Chickasaw Trail and got out of her car carrying a 2-foot-long sword.

An employee asked the woman what she was doing, but she did not respond, authorities said. Deputies said Eloi didn't speak English and had several identifications on her, including one from Arizona.

The school was placed on lockdown, and the worker called authorities.

Deputies later spotted Eloi walking out of the mosque, and she was arrested. 

"I have no idea who she is or why she chose to come here," said Iman Mohammed Musri, of the Islamic Society of Central Florida. "I tried to speak to her, but she didn't respond to anything, she started speaking German."

No one was injured in the incident.

An investigation is ongoing, and deputies said it's unclear why Eloi went to the campus.  It's also not known if she has any ties to anyone at the school or mosque.

Jail officials said Eloi, who's being held on no bond, has been uncooperative.

According to the school's website, one of its goals is to "provide a comprehensive Islamic education combined with a general studies curriculum."

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