Boynton police charge Lantana woman in 2011 bus stop stabbing


Tawana Pearson

A Lantana woman was arrested this week in connection with the alleged 2011 stabbing of another woman at a school bus stop in Boynton Beach.

Police took Tawana Pearson, 40, into custody Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary with assault or battery and criminal mischief. She remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday night after a judge set her bail bond at $35,000.

Pearson had been listed as a fugitive after a warrant for her arrest was issued in May 2012, court records show.

According to Boynton police, the attack happened in November of 2011 in the 1600 block of Northeast 4th Court. At the time, the alleged victim told police she and Pearson were waiting to pick up children from a school bus stop.

The woman said Pearson began to mumble something unintelligible while looking in her direction.

The woman asked Pearson “What’s your problem, are you crazy?,” according to a police arrest report.  Pearson, who was accompanied by a female passenger, allegedly responded by dragging the woman out of her car and throwing her to the ground.

Pearson and her passenger then kicked and punched the woman, the report said.

Pearson reportedly returned to her car to retrieve a large steak knife and she cut the alleged victim on her wrist, police said. After bystanders intervened, Pearson allegedly used the knife to puncture one of the woman’s tires and put a small dent on the vehicle’s hood.

Officers later were able to track down Pearson’s passenger, who admitted to being with Pearson at the bus stop with Pearson, the report said. The passenger reportedly denied that she had any involvement in the attack.


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