Woman accused of creating disturbance, threatening with dog, telling people she lives in their homes

Woman accused of creating disturbance, threatening with dog, telling people she lives in their homes

(As originally published, Thu, November 2nd 2023, 3:43 PM EDT)

SUMMERFIELD, Fla. (TND) — A woman in Florida found herself in a hospital and behind bars after incidents involving two other women and then a sheriff’s deputy on Sunday.

The alleged victim works in real estate and told a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy, “She and her coworker were in the area placing signs for local houses they were attempting to list for sale.”

The victim said she had seen Pamela Lawless before, “confronting residents in the neighborhood claiming to live in their homes,” according to the arrest affidavit.

On Sunday, the victim said Lawless “had removed several ‘for sale’ signs on different properties where the signs had been planted into the ground.”

The report said at one home, Lawless “approached the victim in an aggressive manner,” allegedly with “a closed fist and attempted to physically strike her and attempted to snatch the phone from her while she was on the phone with law enforcement but was unsuccessful.”

According to the report, Lawless is 55 years old, stands five-foot-two, and weighs 100 pounds.

She also wasn’t alone.

The victim told deputies Lawless “walked back to her vehicle and pulled her black medium-sized German Shepherd out of the vehicle. The victim stated that she felt in fear for her life due to the dog viciously barking at her, and because of the size of the dog, the dog had the ability to cause great bodily harm and disfigurement to the victim.”

Shortly after, deputies saw Lawless drive to a convenience store and they “conducted an investigative stop” in the parking lot.

Deputies said Lawless got out of her car and approached one of them “in an aggressive manner.”

Woman accused of creating disturbance, threatening with dog, telling people she lives in their homes
Pamela Lawless was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and resisting an officer without violence, Oct. 29, 2023. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Then, the report said while being detained, Lawless “began to actively resist” the deputy “by pulling away from him and swinging her arms and turning away from him.”

Eventually, he got a handcuff around one of her wrists and “escorted” her to the ground to lock the other.

Lawless was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, which is a felony, and resisting an officer without violence, which is a misdemeanor.

She was taken to a hospital to be medically cleared, and then to jail. Her bond was set at $3,000.

The sheriff’s office later discovered Lawless had no ties to the home in Sumter County, and actually lives in neighboring Marion County.

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