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Woman arrested, faces battery charges in attacks at Tampa International Airport

Published May 2, 2013

TAMPA — A Tampa woman arriving on a flight from Puerto Rico became violent and attacked employees and a Homeland Security agent Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Latrese Janelle Brantley, 39, was on a JetBlue flight from San Juan to Tampa International Airport when she began "acting irrational," an arrest affidavit shows.

As she left the plane, two JetBlue employees approached to help. But Brantley became "argumentative," pushing one employee and punching the other, the affidavit shows.

A Department of Homeland Security agent noticed the incident and tried to intervene. But Brantley then struck the agent, who sustained deep scratches to his head and face, airport police said.

The agent and some bystanders eventually pulled Brantley to the floor until airport police officers arrived to arrest her.

Brantley faces one felony count of battery on a law enforcement officer and two misdemeanor counts of battery.

She was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, where she was being held Wednesday on $3,000 bail.