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Crossing guard accused of attacking neighbor with golf club

Ana Rodriguez placed on administrative leave by Sheriff's Office

Booking photo of Ana Rodriguez (courtesy of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office).
Booking photo of Ana Rodriguez (courtesy of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office).

INTERLACHEN, Fla. – A school crossing guard was arrested after she allegedly attacked her neighbor with a golf club, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies went to a residence in the 100 block of East Oakside Drive in Interlachen around 3 p.m. Wednesday about a report of a battery.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies met with a 24-year-old man who said his neighbor, identified as Ana Rodriguez, 54, attacked him with a golf club.

The man told deputies he was walking on Poplar Drive in Interlachen when Rodriguez stopped her car and confronted him about a dirt bike she apparently believed he had stolen from her, the Sheriff's Office said.

The two argued, and Rodriguez was alleged to have pulled out a golf club and began swinging it at him, deputies said.

The victim told deputies he initially pulled out a knife to defend himself, but then ran away. The Sheriff's Office said Rodriguez was alleged to have chased him down in her vehicle and to have attacked him with the golf club again.

Deputies made contact with Rodriguez at her residence and spoke with her about the incident. The Sheriff's Office said Rodriguez was placed under arrest after being interviewed.

Rodriguez was taken to the Putnam County Jail, where she was booked on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, the Sheriff's Office said. Rodriguez was later released on a $5,000 bond.

The Sheriff's Office said Rodriguez is currently employed as a Putnam County Sheriff's Office school crossing guard. It was determined she was wearing her uniform at the time of the incident.

Rodriguez has been placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff's Office, deputies said. An administrative investigation of the incident was initiated.