Erin Lyman of Broward County, Florida was arrested last Sunday after she was accused of creating a scene at a local casino and physically assaulted security guards and police when they attempted to remove her from the premises, news sources indicate. Lyman, 23, was booked into the Broward County Jail on charges of battery and resisting arrest following the altercation. She was also ordered to stay away from the Seminole reservation, where the alleged incident took place. Her bail bond was set at $1,000. It is not yet known whether she has hired a lawyer.
Reports say Lyman recently relocated to Broward County, Florida from New York and works as a manager for an area retailer. There is no indication that she has ever faced similar charges before.
According to reports, the alleged incident occurred around 12:00 Sunday morning at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Lyman was apparently drunk and causing some commotion at the casino. At some point, hotel security asked Lyman to vacate the premises, reports say. However, she allegedly refused, so security staff attempted to forcibly remove her from the establishment.
Lyman reportedly resisted these attempts, shoving the guards and kicking them in their privates, reports say. After struggling with the woman, the security guards called police. Officers arrived on the scene around 12:30 in the morning and spent nearly three hours trying to get Lyman into the back of a squad car, sources say. Lyman allegedly shouted curse words and repeatedly attempted to kick the officers, causing the delay.
During the struggle, officers resorted to restraining Lyman’s legs and ankles with a device known as a “hobble strap,” reports indicate. “They [hobble straps] may be used once a month, so it’s not something that you see commonly,” a police spokesperson told reporters. “They’re used when a subject has a penchant for kicking.” Police were then able to place the woman under arrest and remove her from the scene. During a later court hearing, she was ordered not to return to the Seminole hotel.
In other news, Rodney Jon Blanchard of St. Petersburg, Florida was arrested Sunday after he was accused of placing four kittens into his freezer, news sources indicate. Blanchard, 49, was booked into police custody on charges of animal cruelty and simple battery. His bail was set at $8,500. It is not known whether he has hired legal representation.
Reports say the alleged incident occurred on Sunday. An unidentified woman visited Blanchard’s resident in St. Petersburg, and Blanchard purportedly told the woman that he had placed four live kittens into his freezer. When the woman attempted to free the animals, Blanchard allegedly pushed her away and ordered her to leave. The woman then reported the incident to police, sources say.
Officers arrived at the home and searched the freezer. Reports say they found four kittens inside, including a deceased calico kitten and an orange kitten that appeared to be having difficulty breathing. Three of the kittens, as well as a mature cat that was not injured, were handed over to the Society and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.