Deputies: Man jumps into car, attacks woman

Posted at 1:37 AM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 01:37:45-04

Citrus County Sheriff's deputies arrested an Inverness man after they said he beat up a woman who accidentally picked him up for a ride, thinking he was her friend.

Troy Shannon was charged with burglary with battery and aggravated battery. According to deputies, Shannon got into the victim's car after she stopped it. The woman was on her way to pick up her friend, who was walking in the neighborhood, and confused Troy Shannon for her friend.

Deputies said Shannon beat up the victim, breaking her nose and tried to push her out of the car. The car slammed into a fence, before stopping a few feet away. Shannon ran away, but was arrested later for the crime.

The man, who the victim was supposed to pick up, called 911 to report the incident.

"She texted me saying some guy just jumped in my truck so I called her. She picked up the phone (and) says he won't get out or whatever," the victim's friend said.

Other people called 911 because they heard the car plow into a fence, but did not know exactly what happened. The attack happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"There's a woman that is screaming bloody murder, yelling help me. Help me," one 911 caller said.

Al Dellar and his wife, Anna Lee said their fence was the one that was damaged yesterday. They were awakened by the loud noise. Dellar heard commotion.

"They were saying call the police. Call the police," Al Dellar said.

Deputies have not released the victim's information. They said she is 28 years old.

"In these times, you don't know what can happen," Lee said.

The couple is glad the woman got away from the attack alive.

"You think it's someone you know and it's not. It could've come out worse. Thank God it didn't," Lee said.

On Wednesday, Troy Shannon was charged with 'violate injunction for protection against domestic violence' in an unrelated case.