The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman in Clearwater Thursday for slapping a 72-year-old woman.
According to deputies the suspect, 27-year-old Rachel Anne Hayes became engaged in verbal argument with a 72-year-old female, after the victim refused her Facebook friend request. Police are not identifying the victim.
Deputies say the victim refused the request because she felt the name that Hayes was using on Facebook was inappropriate. The victim told Hayes she would be willing to accept the request if she would change the name.
According to deputies, Hayes became upset when the victim refused and walked out of the home. When she returned the two re-engaged in an argument at the front door of the home. Deputies say Hayes slapped the victim several times, before the victim was able to retreat into the home and lock the door.
When deputies responded, the suspect had already left the residence. Through their investigation, deputies subsequently arrested the suspect for Felony Aggravated Battery on an Elderly Person. Hayes was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.