A Silver Springs woman was arrested last week after a battle broke out in the breakroom of the Chewy distribution center in Ocala.
When Ocala Police officers arrived early Wednesday morning at the online pet supply retailer’s warehouse at 3380 NW 35th Avenue Rd., the company’s safety coordinator told him that two employees had been involved in a physical altercation in the breakroom. He said that 37-year-old Nicole Latrice Mozell and a 19-year-old female victim had been involved in a continual verbal altercation leading up to the incident. And he said they had been separated before he was told about the altercation, an Ocala Police report states.
A witness who said he didn’t see the beginning of the altercation said he walked into the breakroom and saw “the heavier set lady on top of the younger one.” And he said that he assisted other employees in separating the two, the report says.
The victim told the officer that there had been an ongoing issue between the two women. She said there were rumors circulating through Chewy that she and a female co-worker were having sexual relations at work. And she alleged that Mozell was the one spreading the rumors, the report says.
The victim also said that when it was time for her break, Mozell blocked her in the electric loader she was riding on and began to yell at her and make comments about her own child, the report says.
Once they were in the breakroom, the victim claimed that Mozell attacked her and grabbed her by the neck. She said she wasn’t injured and didn’t lose consciousness, nor was it difficult to breathe during the altercation. And she said she didn’t defend herself for fear of losing her job, so other people stepped in and broke up the altercation, the report says.
After being read her rights, Mozell told officers that she had been harassed by the victim and her co-worker for several weeks. She said she initially had ignored Brown but became upset after the victim made accusations about her husband and her daughter, the report says.
Mozell admitted to grabbing the victim by the neck and yelling, “What you say about my daughter?” And she also admitted to being on top of the victim when the other employees intervened and broke up the altercation, the report says.
Mozell, who had been convicted of battery in 2001, was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail. She was charged with battery (second or subsequent offense) and released later Wednesday morning on $2,000 bond. Her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.