A 22-year-old Ocala woman was arrested nearly a week after she reportedly showed up with a couple of friends at a romantic rival’s workplace in Ocklawaha and threatened to kill her, and then returned minutes after the business owner told her to leave and assaulted the woman.
Andrea Nicole Froom, of 9417 SE 72nd Ave., was arrested Sunday in connection with the incident, which happened Feb. 22 at Lake’s Automotive, 13501 E. Hwy. 25. She was charged with failure to leave property upon an order by the owner, simple battery (touch or strike), and simple assault (intentional threat to do violence).
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she was behind the counter at the incident location when Froom and two other white females, entered and immediately started yelling at her. She said Froom told her to stay away from her “baby daddy” and continued to yell obscenities at her, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said Froom told her she was going to kill her and that she was dead. She said she wanted to get away from Froom and the other women, so she went into the garage area. The victim said Froom and her friends followed her into the vehicle bay and Froom threw a drink at her, almost striking her in the head. She said if she hadn’t taken evasive action, the drink would have hit her. Instead, it struck a customer’s vehicle but didn’t do any damage, the report said.
The victim said the business owner told Froom and the two other women to leave the premises and they immediately complied. However, they came back through the side door and approached her in an aggressive manner. The victim said Froom balled up her right fist, swung it at her, and would have hit her in the head if she hadn’t taken evasive action. She said Froom grabbed her by the back of her hair and started pushing her around before the owner intervened and forcibly made Froom and the other women leave the premises, according to the report.
The business owner corroborated the victim’s account. He said he was underneath a vehicle, working on it, when he heard the three women yelling at the victim. The owner said he saw Froom throw the drink at and miss the victim. He said he told the women to leave and escorted them out the front door, only to see them return and Froom start a physical altercation with the victim, the report said.
The deputy called Froom later in the day to get her side of the story. She said she felt threatened by the victim, although she wouldn’t say why she felt that way. Froom then said she wanted a lawyer and the deputy ended the conversation, according to the report.
A warrant was issued for Froom’s arrest and she was picked up at around noon Sunday at a residence at 7443 Midway Terrace. Froom was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Sunday night on $3,000 bond. No court information was available.