Woman throws snake at victim, takes off with vehicle, SC officials say

Investigators in SC say a black snake is alive after being thrown at a woman during a carjacking incident / Source: Greenville Police Department
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GREENVILLE, SC. (WVLT) -- Police in South Carolina say a bizarre series of events led to the arrest of a carjacking suspect on July 5.

The Greenville Police Department said, on July 5, they were called to investigate a reported carjacking at 8:20 p.m. to Caledon Court.

Police said a female suspect, identified as 29-year-old Hilmary Moreno-Berrios, threw sticks and a snake at a victim before striking her with her fist and stealing her keys and Honda CR-V.

Shortly after the attack, police said officers working a road closure at Main Street and Falls Park Drive saw a silver Honda CR-V driving recklessly through a set of water barricades and into a pole before vaulting over the closed area.

According to police, officers attempted to stop the Honda, later identified as the victim's vehicle, but Moreno-Berrios continued driving onto Broad Street, then onto Spring Street where police said she hit another vehicle occupied by a mother and daughter.

Investigators said Moreno-Berrios jumped from the passenger side of the SUV then was pursued on foot by a police officer who captured her after a short chase.

Police said as she was being taken into custody, Moreno-Berrios complained of a shoulder injury, and she was transported to an area hospital for treatment and psychiatric evaluation where she remained over the Fourth of July weekend.

On Monday, Moreno-Berrios was released into police custody and was issued two arrest warrants, one for carjacking and one for malicious damage to personal property. The last warrant comes from damage to the event site she crashed into, which police said is estimated to be $17,225.

Police said she was also issued five traffic citations, one for hit and run, one for failure to stop for blue lights, one for resisting arrest, one for driving on a closed street and one for reckless driving.

Moreno-Berrios was arraigned on Monday and remains in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

Police said no one was injured during the incident. The snake, which police said was alive and non-venomous, was released into the woods.

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A woman faces charges following a carjacking incident in SC, police say / Source: Greenville Police Department