Daytona Beach, FL – A 29-year-old woman spends her weekend behind bars after Daytona Beach police say she tried to steal a car while sitting on top of the elderly woman who owns it.
As of this morning (February 25th), Jeanette Calabrese remains on $10,000 bond at Volusia County Jail on a felony carjacking charge. Court appearance information isn’t immediately available.
It happened around Noon on Friday (February 22nd) at the Save-A-Lot parking lot on 288 North Nova Road. That’s located in a shopping mall northwest of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard intersection.
According to the Daytona Beach Police Department arrest report, a 70-year-old Pierson woman had just gotten into the driver’s seat of her silver Ford Taurus after a shopping trip when Calabrese opened the driver’s side door, sat on her lap, grabbed the steering wheel and tried to start the engine.
The two women then got into a physical struggle, per the report, with Calabrese hitting the elderly woman in the face and telling her several times to “get out of the car, [expletive]” while the elderly woman tried to push Calabrese out of the vehicle.
Officers say the vehicle rolled backward out of its parking spot during the struggle, striking another vehicle. It was after that when two men in the area saw what was going on and tried to intervene, according to DBPD.
When one of those men opened a passenger door, Calabrese went through that door and fled on foot heading north, prompting police to set up a search with the help of K-9 and air units from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
DBPD eventually caught Calabrese on Jackson Avenue thanks to a man who told officers he spotted Calabrese walking through the backyard of his home.
The report did not note if Calabrese spoke to DBPD at any point after her arrest or what city she lives in.