LORAIN — Police said a baby sitter attacked a woman and her boyfriend with a crowbar over money owed to her for baby-sitting the woman’s child.
Melanie Crespo, 20, of the 5000 block of W. Erie Ave., was arrested and charged with felonious assault and criminal damaging Friday.
Crespo’s neighbor, Sarah Grondin, said Crespo confronted her that morning over $100 Crespo felt Grondin owed to her for baby-sitting her child. Grondin’s boyfriend, Durrell Brooks, said Crespo then became violent, striking his car with a crowbar and hitting one of Grondin’s friends in the face with it.
Police were sent to the apartments at 4:16 p.m. and spoke with Crespo, who police reported was hysterical.
Crespo told police she confronted Grondin over the money earlier that morning when Brooks told her to leave. She said she continued texting Grondin, who told her she wasn’t going to pay her $100 and that she lost the money.
Crespo said that as Grondin, Brooks and Grondin’s friend were leaving, she stood in front of the car and said she wasn’t leaving until she was paid. Crespo told police Brooks then ran her over with his car, so she hit the window with a rock.
Brooks denied running over Crespo and said she backed away when he pulled out of the parking lot but broke his back window with a crowbar. Police said Crespo had no injuries, and the mark on the car was consistent with a crowbar.
Police arrested Crespo, who they said was screaming and crying to the point of hyperventilating. Because of her “extreme behavior,” she was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for treatment and discharged for “hysteria.” She was then taken to jail.
Grondin’s child was left with her sister, according to a police report.