Woman arrested after allegedly ‘slamming’ cigarette into friend’s mouth

Charity Lashay Nelams

A woman has been arrested after allegedly ‘squeezing’ a cigarette out of her friend’s mouth.

Charity Lashay Nelams, 29, of Weirsdale, was arrested at the Sumter County Detention Center on Monday for assault, burglary and theft. Bail was set at $5,500.

His friend told Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies that he was sitting in a silver 2015 Nissan in Wildwood on March 28 when Nelams drove in, punched him in the face and pulled his shirt. He said Nelams “squeezed his cigarette out of his mouth,” according to the arrest report. He also claimed that Nelams pushed the air conditioner into his home, entered the residence, and stole a battery-powered drill from Milwaukee.

A deputy was assigned to the case and attempted to locate Nelams by phone. They arranged to meet last Thursday, but she didn’t show up. The friend said Nelams returned the battery-powered drill from Milwaukee on Thursday and asked him to drop the charges. He refused to do so.

Nelams went to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office substation at Pinellas Plaza in the Villages on Monday.

The report notes that Nelams has previously been convicted of theft. In 2016, Nelams swept away a vehicle driven by a Lady Lake woman who was traveling with her one-year-old son. Nelams fled the scene of the crash and was sentenced to 29 days in jail.

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