93-year-old woman arrested for not paying rent in Florida


A 93-year-old woman has had the worst experience of her life when she was arrested for apparently not paying rent for her apartment in an independent living center in Eustis, Florida.

The police report states that, on the day before the cops arrived, workers told Fitzgerald several times that she was going to be evicted and asked her to leave the property.

"Unless you carry me out of here, I'm not going anywhere", according to an arrest report.

When authorities tried to arrest her she reportedly refused to get her belongings, intentionally slid out of her chair and onto the floor then resisted when officers tried to pick her up.

Footage of Fitzgerald's arrest shows the frail nonagenarian screaming as officers take her to jail.

Fitzgerald still faces charges of trespassing, however, and will appear in court on 27 December.

She was held in the Lake County Jail on a $500 bond and has been there since Tuesday.

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The cops are recorded telling Fitzgerald to relax, insisting they're not putting pressure on her at all despite her clearly being uncomfortable with the situation. Karen Twinem, of National Church Residences, which owns the facility, told WKMG that Fitzgerald refused to pay, because she thought would die soon.

Fitzgerald is then finally put in the back seat of the police auto after her efforts to resist being evicted.

She claims she tried to pay rent in October but was refused. She was not handcuffed because of her age and the possibility of injury, WFTV reported. "We try to find places for people". She also noted that National Church Residences owns 340 properties. She said she also refused offers by Franklin House for help finding another home.

"I don't want them to help me. My family is in Tennessee and I told them not to tell my son anything that's going on", said Fitzgerald. I don't need no help.

"Yeah, I'd go back there and live", she said.

A spokesperson for Franklin House, where she had been staying, told local newspaper the Orlando Sentinel they'd spent months working with Fitzgerald and presented her with safe housing options.