A Leesburg woman was arrested after she reportedly stabbed a man in the face with scissors during an argument in a gas station parking lot.
Jamya T. Gardner, 22, of 416 Goss Ave., was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and simple battery after the incident, which happened Friday morning at the Murphy USA station at 1801 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Leesburg police officers responded to a report of two to three people fighting in the gas station’s parking lot. Upon arrival, they spoke with the two victims. The first victim said he was leaving the Walmart parking lot and turning onto MLK Boulevard when Gardner, driving a black Nissan Versa, ran a stop sign and almost caused an accident between their two vehicles, according to the police report.
The first victim said Gardner followed him when he pulled into the Murphy USA station for gas. He said she walked up to him while he was at the cash register and started yelling and pushing him. The first victim said Gardner struck him in the neck and chest multiple times, the report said.
The first victim said at that point, the second victim – who was a passenger in his vehicle – walked to the cash register and tried to calm the situation. The first victim said Gardner started punching the second victim in the face and chest and then chased the two victims back to their vehicle. The first victim said Gardner went back to her vehicle but returned with a sharp object in her hand that looked like scissors and stabbed the second victim through the window. The second victim was able to block Gardner’s hand, but the front end of the scissor hit his face and caused a superficial puncture under his right eye, the report said.
The second victim told officers that Gardner followed him and the first victim to the gas station after almost hitting them while exiting Walmart. He said he saw Gardner battering the first victim and went to see what was happening. The second victim said Gardner then turned around and started punching him in the face and chest before chasing both victims back to their vehicle, according to the report.
The second victim said Gardner reached inside her vehicle and returned with a green pair of scissors with dots on the handle. He said the vehicle window was down and Gardner, in a downward motion, stabbed him in the face under the right eye. The second victim said he was able to stop Gardner’s hand and keep her from creating a deeper wound on his face. He said he was in fear for his life during the entire incident, the report said.
The second victim provided officers with video of Gardner battering the first victim and then starting to attack him. Security footage from the business corroborated the victims’ accounts, according to the report.
Officers tracked down Gardner through a photo of her license tag and arrested her that evening. She was released from the Lake County Jail on $11,000 bond and will appear in Lake County Court on Aug. 29.