ST. PETERSBURG — Two women were arrested and charged with pulling a woman out of a car and beating her after she honked her horn at their car, according to jail records.
Amber Lynn Beckwith, 26, of 4669 23rd Ave. S., and Ariel Anareshea Young, 22, of 827 40th Ave. S., each were charged with one count of burglary with battery. Beckwith, who was driving the car, also was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.
The victim, Rose Lucarell, 61, was driving a 2013 Lexus on 34th Street South at about 6 p.m. Tuesday when a 2007 Cadillac occupied by the suspects veered into Lucarell’s lane, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.
Lucarell honked her horn to avoid a collision, he said, and the suspects took exception, pulling alongside Lucarell’s car and making an obscene gesture and yelling at her, police reports state.
Lucarell lowered her window and asked the women to “please stop,” at which point Young threw a water bottle at the car, a police report states.
Beckwith then rammed her car into the left front of the Lexus three times, trying to force it off the road, the police report states.
Lucarell stopped her car in the road because she was in fear, and Beckwith pulled in front of the Lexus and backed into it three times, the police report states. Beckwith and Young got out and approached the Lexus. Beckwith opened the driver’s side door and Young opened the passenger side door. They started tugging and beating Lucarell, as Lucarell began to fight back, the police report states. Lucarell’s cell phone, which was on her lap, fell to the ground.
Beckwith pulled a pearl necklace off Lucarell’s neck, and then grabbed a rope chain on her neck, causing Lucarell to choke as Beckwith used it to pull her out of the car, police said.
“‘You’re going to die,’” Beckwith reportedly told Lucarell as she slammed her down, causing her head to hit the ground, police said.
Other drivers stopped their cars, and Lucarell ran to a truck occupied by a couple who let her in, Puetz said.
Lucarell was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she was treated and released. She declined to comment when reached at her St. Petersburg home Wednesday.
Beckwith was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $60,000 bail. Young remained at the jail on $50,000 bail.
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