Shopper attacked in Best Buy parking lot, Florida cops say


Two shoppers in Florida were beaten indiscriminately as they stood outside different stores, investigators say unprovoked attacks According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the same woman was involved.

The incidents occurred on Dec. 29, one of which was captured by a security camera outside a Best Buy in Jensen Beach, the sheriff’s office said in a Jan. 5 news release. Jensen Beach is about 115 miles north of Miami.

The video shows the victim standing outside her vehicle when the driver of the SUV blocks her, gets out and begins to “viciously” beat the woman. Seconds later, the driver of the SUV returns to his car and grabs something to throw at the victim before driving away.

“The victim suffered serious injuries,” the sheriff’s office said. “An hour later, (the suspect) attacked a second person in the same manner in the trading floor across the street, which is MSCO’s jurisdiction.”

The attacks appeared to be targeted and unprovoked, the sheriff’s office said.

The accused attacker, identified as Kaylin Gabriel, 33, was arrested Jan. 4 following an investigation involving the Stuart Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman, who lives about 20 miles away in Fort Pierce, “is charged with aggravated assault and battery on a person 65 years of age or older,” the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators have not released a motive, but the two victims are believed to have done nothing to provoke Gabriel, officials said.

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.

Shopper attacked in Best Buy parking lot, Florida cops say

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