Girl, 17, attacked outside ATM by female robber but recognizes her as classmate’s MOTHER… who then claims it was a ‘joke’
A 17-year-old girl from Central Florida has been attacked after withdrawing money from a bank ATM, only to realize that her assailant was a friend’s mother. Blair McCarron, of Deltona, called Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies Saturday night to report the attempted robbery.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the teen was returning to her car after stopping by a Bank of America ATM when 45-year-old Tammy Perras grabbed her from behind and smashed her face into the steering wheel.
As the attack continued, the teen recognized the suspected mugger was a classmate’s mom and called her out.
Deputies say the attack stopped and the girl gave Perras $5 to get rid of her.
Perras was picked up by police a short time later and booked into the Volusia County Jail on aggravated child abuse, burglary with assault and robbery charges.
The incident took place outside the Bank of America on East Normandy Boulevard at around 11.30pm Saturday when McCarron, called police to report a robbery.
On the 911 call released by police, the victim described the assault, saying: ‘She grabbed me by the back of my head and hits my head on the steering wheel, and she tries to, like, jump in the car with me.’
McCarron told police that as Perras struck her, she threatened to kill the girl and steal all her belongings. At that moment, however, the teen turned around.
‘I kicked her off me, and I realized it my friend’s mom,’ the 17-year-old told the 911 dispatcher.
Perras stopped hitting the girl and left after McCarron handed her a $5 bill, deputies said.
The 45-year-old mother then allegedly tried to convince McCarron not to press charges against her, insisting that the entire incident was a ‘joke.’
According to the 17-year-old, her classmate’s mother told her that her daughter was unemployed and she needed money to buy diapers for her grandchild, the station Local 6 reported.
‘I’m a mom and I’m working two jobs, seven days a week to support my kid and you’re not going to come try to take something that I am working for,’ said McCarron.
Perras then took off from the scene, but was tracked down by deputies to a convenience store on Providence Boulevard, where she was taken into custody.
When questioned by investigators, the 45-year-old said that she recognized McCarron and that the girl embraced her and gave her $5.
Perras’ daughter, Kayla, who attended Barrington High School with McCarron, offered the same version of events, claiming that she saw Blair and her mother ‘giggling and laughing’ from across the street, according to the TV station WESH.
However, the accused attacker was unable to explain how McCarron got the swollen forehead after their encounter.
Deputies recover the $5 bill, which Perras took out of her bra, and returned it to its rightful owner.