Woman Arrested After Allegedly Unleashing Bees On Police As They Serve Eviction Notice
Police were trying to serve an eviction notice in Massachusetts when a woman unleashed a swarm of bees on them.
A woman has been arrested in Massachusetts after she allegedly unleashed a swarm of bees on police officers as they tried to enforce an eviction notice at a home.
Police say a 55-year-old woman was arrested in Massachusetts last week for releasing several boxes of bees on sheriff's deputies as they attempted to serve an eviction notice.
No one was seriously injured in the incident, according to police. pic.twitter.com/SCIXDiIzue
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Woman Allegedly Unleashes Bees On Deputies
CBS News reported that deputies were serving the eviction notice at a home in Massachusetts when Rorie Susan Woods, 52, pulled up in her vehicle. When she saw what the officers were doing, Woods left her dog in her car and proceeded to walk behind her SUV, from which she was towing “manufactured bee hives.”
The deputies were horrified as they saw Woods try to open the lids to the hives, with her apparent goal being to unleash her swarm of bees on the law enforcement officers.
The deputies initially tried to stop Woods from opening the hives once they realized what she was doing, but they backed off when they saw that the agitated bees had already begun to swarm around. The Hampden County Sheriff’s department released a statement saying that the situation escalated quickly from there.
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“Woods smashed the styrofoam lid to one hive tower and as the bees escaped, the deputy sustained several stings on his face and head,” the statement read. “She then flipped the entire hive tower off of the flatbed, causing the bees to become extremely agitated, and swarm the area, stinging several members of the Sheriff’s Office.”
“As she donned a beekeeper suit and moved a hive close to the door of the home, deputies swooped in and arrested her,” the sheriff’s department added. “As she was taken into custody, she was yelling for another protester to take care of her dog, which she said was unfed, and left in the SUV with thousands of bees swarming outside of it.”
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Woods Didn’t Care Some Deputies Were Allergic To Bees
When one deputy told Woods that he and several other officers are allergic to bees, she reportedly replied, “Oh, you’re allergic? Good.”
Making all of this even more bizarre is the fact that Woods doesn’t even live in the home.
“To be clear, Woods does not live in the Longmeadow home, which has been in various stages of the eviction process for around two years,” the sheriff’s department said. “Woods was attempting to stop the court-ordered eviction, but she failed. She did, however, cause injuries to several employees of the department including one staff member who was hospitalized after being stung.”
Sheriff Nick Cocchi slammed Woods after her arrest, saying that she “put lives in danger as several of the staff on scene are allergic to bees.”
“We had one staff member go the hospital and luckily, he was alright or she would be facing manslaughter charges,” Cocchi said. “I support people’s right to protest peacefully but when you cross the line and put my staff and the public in danger, I promise you will be arrested.”
He also said that many of the honeybees were killed thanks to Woods’ actions. Check out more coverage of this story in the video below.
Woods has since been charged with four counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and one count of disorderly conduct. The sheriff’s department continues to be in shock over what she did.
“Never in all my years of leading the Hampden County Sheriff’s Civil Process Division have I seen something like this,” said Robert Hoffman, Chief Deputy of the Civil Process Office.
This is just a reminder of what our men and women in blue go through every day in this country, just to protect the rest of us. When they report for work every day, they truly have no idea what they will be hit with on the job, and the deputies who served this eviction notice were certainly not expecting to have to fight a swarm of bees when they showed up to their shifts that day.
We hope and pray that all of the officers who were stung by bees in this incident have swift and easy recoveries!