A custody battle boiled over into a confrontation Tuesday outside Family Court in Central Islip when a man and his girlfriend each struck another woman with their car in the courthouse parking lot, Suffolk County police said.
The man and woman, each of whom drove the car that appeared in the video to strike the woman, were arrested at the scene, police said. Anthony Andrews, 24, and his girlfriend Renee Berry, 22, both of 52 Center Ave., Bay Shore, were charged with third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. Both are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Wednesday.
Police said the injured woman, identified as Saadia Taylor, 23, was a friend of Arielle Hardy, 22, the woman involved in the custody case with Andrews.
After a confrontation between the four outside court, police said Berry got into the driver's seat with Andrews in the passenger seat. Taylor then stepped in front of the car to block the couple from driving off, police said.
"The female inches the car forward," a police spokeswoman said. "The female in front of the car falls, the car stops."
Police said the contact with the car caused Taylor to fall and strike her head on the ground.
At that point, police said, Andrews switched places with Berry -- and Taylor stepped in front of the car again and was struck a second time. She again fell and hit her head on the ground, police said.
Taj Jackson and Brenda Jackson, sisters who said they witnessed the altercation, told Newsday they had just left the courthouse when the accident occurred.
"She was screaming," Brenda Jackson of Lindenhurst said of the woman who apparently was struck. "The parking lot was full of people screaming."
Police did not provide details of the custody issue the man and woman were involved in and did not say how they were related. Police said the investigation is continuing.