VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A woman who threw a bucket of human feces at her landlord claims she meant to soak the victim in water, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they were called to a trailer on Reed Ellis Road in Osteen around 5:15 p.m. Saturday and found the victim dripping wet with feces and the suspect, Joanne Mercader, with dried feces caked on her face.
Mercader initially claimed that the victim, a 65-year-old woman, entered the trailer and immediately reached for the bucket of feces and tried to throw it on her as a means of eviction, according to the affidavit.
“My landlord just broke into my house and assaulted me,” Mercader said, according to body camera video.
The footage shows her with stains on her clothing and smears on her cheeks near her eyes.
She told the deputy that the dispute has been an ongoing issue.
“I don’t know anything. All I know is you’re covered in feces, she’s covered in feces. I need you to pretend I don’t know what’s going on here,” the deputy replied.