Woman drives through fence then hits armed homeowner, Sanford police say
Suspect accused of trying to flee from crash scene
SANFORD, Fla. – A woman who had just gotten into a fight with her boyfriend crashed into a fence then ran over the pistol-toting homeowner who was trying to stop her from fleeing the scene, according to the Sanford Police Department.
Police said Jalexia Moss, 23, was driving a black Chevrolet about 30 mph between Florida Street and Park Drive shortly after midnight Thursday when she lost control and crashed through a 6-foot tall security fence surrounding a home on French Avenue.
The homeowner heard the noise and saw the vehicle in his backyard, so he grabbed his .22 mm pistol and a flashlight then went outside to investigate.
The victim's wife, Faye Morgan, wasn't home at the time of the crash, but said their surveillance system caught everything on video.
"You can see them on camera, telling her to back up and throwing stuff out of the way to she could back up," Morgan said.
The victim tried to make contact with Moss because he saw she was trying to leave, the report said. Police said Moss then hit the man with her vehicle, knocking him to the ground and causing the pistol to fire in the process.
The man got back onto his feet and used the butt of his pistol to knock on Moss' window. Moss got out of her Chevrolet and attempted to run away, but the victim stopped her from doing so, according to the affidavit.
"He got on top of her car. He had to, she was trying to leave," Morgan said. "She got stuck, so she couldn't leave."
When officers arrived on the scene, Moss told them that she got into a fight with her boyfriend before the crash and she acknowledged seeing the homeowner come toward her with a weapon after the crash, officials said.
Moss was charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 or older, reckless driving and property damage.
Moss faced a judge Thursday afternoon.
"I do find probably cause for all of the allegations and for the arrest," the judge said during Moss' initial appearance at the Seminole County jail.
The public defender argued Moss does not have a prior criminal record. He also told the judge she saw a stranger come toward her with a gun.
The judge granted Moss a $18,500 bond. If she is released, Moss is not allowed to return to the victim's home or have any contact with the victim.
Morgan said she is thankful her husband wasn't seriously hurt.
"He got his arm and his leg hurt, but he's going to be alright," Morgan said.
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