Woman Hides In Cat Cage To Evade Palm Bay Police

A woman tried to hide from police in a cat cage in Palm Bay, Florida.
A woman tried to hide from police in a cat cage in Palm Bay, Florida.

PALM BAY – A Palm Bay woman hid in a cat cage to evade speaking to Palm Bay Police after striking a man who was walking his dog past her home.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the Palm Bay Police Department was called out to a home on the 1600 block of Hays Street, in Palm Bay, in reference to a battery.

Upon arrival, police met with the victim who advised that he was walking his dog on Hays Street. As he passed the defendant’s house, she came outside and confronted him stating “his flashlight wakes them up every morning.”

Tabatha Sue Del Villar, 39, confronted the victim and approached him aggressively while screaming profanities. The victim defensively pushed the Del Villar’s away from him to prevent the attack, according to the affidavit.

At that time, Del Villar forcibly reengaged the victim while pulling his flashlight away from his grasp. She then attacked him with the flashlight, impacting his left eye. The impact caused a laceration above his left eye and swelling.

When officers went to Villar’s home to speak to her, she evaded them by running out the back sliding door. They located her in a cat cage which was in her backyard. According to reports, she had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage as well as slow slurred speech, according to the affidavit.

Rescue responded to the victim’s eye, as it was on the verge of swelling completely closed. Then, he was evaluated by Palm Bay Hospital ER staff, who discovered a corneal scratch which could result in vision loss.

Tabatha Sue Del Villar, of Palm Bay, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon, Petty Theft 2nd Degree Other Larceny 1st Offense, Aggravated Battery Cause Bodily Harm/Disability, and VOP Misdemeanor.

Del Villar’s bond was set at $40,500.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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