Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office: Florida Woman Arrested For ‘Felony Aggravated Battery On An Elderly Person’; Victim Refused Facebook ‘Friend’ Request

Rachel Anne Hayes is accused of repeatedly slapping a 72-year-old woman for refusing a Facebook "friend" request. Photo source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Rachel Anne Hayes is accused of repeatedly slapping a 72-year-old woman for refusing a Facebook “friend” request. Photo source: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Rachel Anne Hayes, 27, became “enraged” and repeatedly slapped a 72-year-old woman who refused her Facebook “friend” request, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident occurred Dec. 17 at a home in Seminole, Fla., after the older woman told the younger one “she felt the name that Hayes was using on Facebook was inappropriate,” authorities said.

“Hayes became upset when the victim refused and walked out of the home,” authorities said. “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,” authorities continued. “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.”

The Sheriff’s Office tweeted news of the Hayes arrest. Hayes was taken into custody at 4 a.m. on Dec. 18.

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