Police: Woman unleashed pit bulls in attack

Palm Bay police arrest 34-year-old Tawanda Byrd

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Tawanda Byrd.

PALM BAY, Fla. - A 34-year-old woman was jailed on allegations of breaking into a Palm Bay home, attacking a couple inside and then releasing two pit bulls that attacked another person.

Tawanda Ayesha Byrd was charged with aggravated battery, occupied burglary, criminal mischief and battery after Palm Bay police were called Tuesday to a house on Seven Gables Circle to investigate reports of a disturbance.

Byrd was released from jail Wednesday on a $27,000 bond and ordered to have no further contact with the victims, records show.

Police said Byrd rode to the residence and began banging on the door. Police said Byrd, later identified by officers by the "have faith" tattoo on her neck and a butterfly on her left foot, stormed into the residence, argued with the occupants before slapping one of the people inside.

Byrd, who also shattered the living room window and smashed the mailbox in front of the home, then went to her car and unleashed two pit bull dogs who then ran inside and attacked an occupant, reports show. Byrd later retrieved the dogs and left the scene before police arrived, records show.

She will have a Jan. 3 court hearing on the charges.

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