Woman broke into ex-boyfriend's apartment, beat him with baton, police say

Victim accuses woman of daily stalking

ORLANDO, Fla. – Police say an Orlando woman who has been harassing her ex-boyfriend on a daily basis forcibly entered his apartment, threw his phone so he couldn't call 911 and beat him with a retractable baton, according to the Orlando Police Department. 

The victim told police 48-year-old Tammy Hendrix forced her way into his apartment around 10 p.m. Sunday as his friend was arriving. The man told Hendrix she needed to leave and she began threatening to hit him and told the man he was a good boyfriend when the pair dated seven years ago, the arrest affidavit said. 

The man grabbed his portable house phone and tried to step outside his apartment to call the police, but Hendrix grabbed his wrist so he wouldn't leave then tried to snatch the phone out of his hand, police said. The victim held on to the phone until Hendrix swung the baton and he had to drop it so he wouldn't be hit, according to the affidavit.

Hendrix grabbed the phone, ran out of the apartment and threw it off the balcony, police said. It broke when it hit the ground. The victim told police the phone is worth about $50.

Hendrix then fled the area on foot, although the victim told police she likely had her 1997 Honda Civic parked nearby.

Just after midnight on Monday, the victim called 911 again to let them know Hendrix was banging on his door. She was arrested at the scene and when the officer searched her he found a retractable baton hidden in the front of her pants, according to the affidavit.

Police said Hendrix claimed she was at the apartment complex because she lost her key fob, but the officer who searched her found her key in her right pocket. 

Inside Hendrix's car police found her 25-year-old daughter sleeping in the backseat. The woman has autism and a traumatic brain injury so she has the mentality of a 3-year-old child. The woman was taken into the Department of Children and Families custody. 

The victim told police Hendrix harasses him daily by banging on his door in the middle of the night and honking her horn repeatedly as she drives by, the affidavit said. He hasn't initiated contact with her since they broke up seven years ago.

Hendrix was charged with stalking, aggravated assault with a weapon and petit theft, jail records show. 

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