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Sheriff's Office: Robbery is no joke, despite suspect's claim
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 24, 2013 - 5:05:50pm
A violent robbery in Deltona stopped after the victim recognized her attacker, then the robber called her action a joke, the Sheriff's Office said.
It happened Saturday, June 22, when a 17-year-old girl used the ATM at Bank of America at 241 E. Normandy Blvd. As the teen got back into her car, the teen reported, 45-year-old Tammy Perras grabbed her by the hair, and smashed the girl's face into the steering wheel.
The teen said Perras told her she would kill her and take all her things. But, the teen said, she recognized Perras as the mother of a classmate.
The teen "shouted to Perras the [the teen] knew her," the arrest report states.
Perras tried to coerce the victim into not pressing charges, claiming it was all a "joke," the Sheriff's Office report states.
Perras then broke off the attack and ran away, after the teen gave her $5 to go away.
The shaken teen, with a swollen bump on her forehead, called 911.
Deputies caught up with Perras at the Cumberland Farms at 1251 Providence Blvd. She told deputies she may have "scared" the teen, but that's all. She didn't take anything, she said. Perras and the teen simply encountered each other, and Perras recognized the teen, who gave Perras a hug and $5, Perras told deputies. Perras couldn't explain the swelling on the teen's forehead, the report states.
A bank surveillance video showing Perras behind the teen at the ATM, and a photo of the girl's injuries were submitted into evidence.
Perras was charged with robbery, burglary with assault or battery, and aggravated child abuse. She remained in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail Monday, June 24.
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