Video Shows Arrest of 93-Year-Old Florida Woman

Fitzgerald had lived in the Franklin House facility since 2011 but it claims she refused to pay the rent

Fitzgerald had lived in the Franklin House facility since 2011 but it claims she refused to pay the rent

A 94-year-old woman was handcuffed and thrown in jail after she refused to leave her care home in Lake County, Florida.

She was eventually taken to jail on a $500 bond.

Fitzgerald has been released from jail, but has a court appearance scheduled for December 27.

Juanita Fitzgerald, who turned 94 on Friday, was evicted from her home at National Church Residences' Franklin House after falling behind on her rent.

In a jailhouse interview with WKMG, Fitzgerald says she tried to pay her rent in October, but was refused by Franklin House staff, but was refused.

Court papers say that Fitzgerald was warned Monday that the eviction would occur Tuesday and was repeatedly asked to leave, according to WKMG.

At one point, she reportedly told officers that if they wanted her to leave, they would have to "carry me out of here".

Bodycam footage released by Eustis police shows officers taking a screaming Fitzgerald to jail.

"Due to Juanita's age, it was deemed necessary to transport her without handcuffs to reduce risk of injury", the report read. "Not one", said Fitzgerald, who was sitting shackled in a wheelchair wearing an orange jumpsuit. "I paid my September rent and when she decided she was going to put me out, she wouldn't accept any rent after that".

"Ow, God, you're hurting me", Fitzgerald said.

The authorities contacted the woman's family on several occasions to try to obtain aid including in the efforts to several agencies for people in need but Fitzgerald rejected all the assistance offered. Fitzgerald refused help every step of the way. I don't need no help. "My family is in Tennessee and I told them not to tell my son anything that's going on", said Fitzgerald.

"I don't have anybody".

The old woman is heard to shout "You're hurting me!" and "Help!" and even sounds like she's crying as she is bundled into a police auto for resisting eviction.

Since being released from jail, members of the community have offered support to Fitzgerald.

"I'm a born-again Christian and I'm spirit-filled", she told WJAX-TV, adding that she'd prefer to return to Franklin House.

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