A New Haven mother and her daughter are in some hot water after being accused of attacking a pregnant tow company clerk during a dispute Monday night.
Around 9 p.m. New Haven police said they received a call from Crown Auto on York Street regarding an assault complaint.
Police said when they arrived, they found three women and a man locked in the fenced-in tow yard and the women were all screaming at each other.
When police spoke to the group, it was learned that the gate was locked to prevent two of the woman from leaving after they allegedly attacked the tow company's clerk.
Robyn Handy told police she brought her daughter, Rojonna, to the tow company to get her car which was towed away because of outstanding taxes owed to the city. Handy claimed that the tax bill was paid last month to a tow truck driver, who's written her a receipt of a business card, but she never had a tax release to claim her vehicle.
She told police she provided the business card receipt to the tow truck driver, who then took it and would not return it. She said she wanted it back to prove her transaction, but when she asked for it at the office, she was told it had been lost.
Handy said she was then assaulted by the female clerk because she blocked the gate with her foot.
After speaking with Handy, police then spoke with Ruth Zalabarria, the eight month pregnant receptionist at Crown Auto, and she told them that she listened to the women's complaints and claim they'd fulfilled their obligation to the city. She said she explained payments aren't accepted other than at the city's tax office or the towing office. She said she told the women to return in the morning to clear the matter up with her boss.
Zalabarria said Rojonna Handy got into her vehicle and then drove at her. She said she didn't budge and stood her ground and the car bucked forward. At that point, Zalabarria said, Rojonna got out of the car and continued arguing.
Zalabarria said she asked both Rojonna and Robyn to leave several ties and tried closing the gate after them, but she couldn't because they were blocking the gate.
Zalabarria said she was then pushed from behind by Rojonna and as she was trying to close the gate again, both of the women were punching Zalabarria in the face, scratching her and pulling her hair.
Police said the incident was captured on tape, and after reviewing the footage, police said Zalabarria's allegations were confirmed.
Police said the business card receipt was not lost, but was at the bottom of a trash can torn into little pieces, police said.
It was pieced together and was gathered as evidence.
Both Robyn and Rojonna were arrested and charged with assault of a pregnant woman and trespassing.
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