Believing she was going to be evicted, an Osteen woman threw a bucket of feces at her landlord at her trailer Saturday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Joanne Mercader, 59, was arrested on a charge of battery on a person 65 or older.
Around 5:15 a.m., deputies responded to the 2400 block of Reed Ellis Road in Osteen, where Mercader told them she had been attacked by her landlord.
In body camera footage captured during the investigation, Mercader — wearing dirty clothes and with dried feces on her face — told a deputy, “My landlord just broke into my house and assaulted me.”
Mercader told deputies her landlord, in an attempt to evict her, entered her trailer after knocking repeatedly, picked up a bucket of feces and tried to throw it on her.
In the footage, deputies questioned Mercader’s story, asking why the landlord was “dripping with [feces]” while Mercader was mostly dry.
Mercader told deputies she blocked the bucket, spilling feces on her landlord. She said the landlord chased her into the trailer’s bathroom and smeared feces on Mercader’s face, according to an affidavit. Mercader said she escaped to a neighbor’s house to wait for law enforcement.
In the video, deputies discussed what one called “a crappy situation,” saying “there is poop everywhere.”
“In a long time that I’ve been doing this job, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the deputy said.
When deputies asked Mercader to write a statement, she admitted to throwing the bucket’s contents on the landlord when she entered the trailer, saying she meant to use a bucket of water but got the two buckets confused, the affidavit said.
Afterward, she ran to the bathroom and the victim chased her. Mercader said the two struggled in the bathroom, which is how she got feces on her face.
The victim told deputies she visited the trailer to check on broken items as part of a planned visit. When Mercader opened the door, she threw a “full bucket of human feces” in her face, according to the affidavit.
The victim told deputies she wanted to press charges.
Mercader was booked into the Volusia County jail Saturday. She has since bonded out.
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