A North Carolina woman seen on a now-viral video harassing two black women as they waited outside an apartment for AAA to help them with their car has turned herself into police.
Susan Jane Westwood, 51, had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for the misuse of the 911 system, along with four criminal summons for simple assault and communicating threats in connection with the Oct. 19 incident, when she turned herself into police on Saturday.
Sisters Leisa Meria Garris, 52, and Mary Michelle Garris, 49, had been waiting outside the Camden Fairview Apartments in Charlotte, North Carolina, where one of the women lives, on the evening of Oct. 19 for AAA to arrive when they were allegedly approached and harrased by Westwood.
“I’m white and I’m hot. So what are you doing here?” Westwood said to the sisters. “I’m still going to make $125,000 Monday morning. Who are you, do you live here?”
She also asks the pair whether their "baby daddy" was with them.
In the video, which was posted on Facebook, the sisters can be heard repeatedly asking Westwood to leave them alone but she continues to berate them, even threatening to "bring out my concealed weapon," during the encounter.
One of the sisters calle 911 to report the harassment and Westwood also called 911 and accused them of breaking into apartments.
"Folks that are trying to break into apartments, they're actually people that I've never see here before. They are African-American," Westwood said, according to a recording of the call released by police. "They're trying to cause a problem."
In the call, Westwood also tells the dispatcher the woman are "photographing me," the Charlotte Observer reports.
When Charlotte Mecklenburg Police arrived at the scene, Westwood couldn't be found, but they later issued the warrant for her arrest.
She turned herself in to the Sunset Beach Police Department on Saturday and was brought to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department, where she was booked at 3:52 p.m. on a charge of misuse of 911, Emily Flax, a public information officer for the sheriff's department told Oxygen.com. She was later released that same day.
Mary Garris told ABC News she was pleased Westwood is facing charges and called the incident alarming and upsetting.
"She assaulted us both. So there should be charges," she said. "We want to bring justice. We want to bring awareness to the community. People are being judged for the color of their skin."
Westwood, who bragged about her salary on the video, has also lost her job with Charter Communications.
"The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter's code of conduct and clearly disregards the company's commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior," the company said in a statement, according to NBC News.
[Photo: Brunswick County Sheriff's Department]
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