HIALEAH, Fla. – A woman who was crowned Miss Miami Lakes was arrested Wednesday after she attacked a party guest with an aluminum baseball bat, police said.
Vanessa Barcelo, 26, faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.
According to a Hialeah police report, Barcelo got into an argument with a guest at a party she was having to promote her business and ordered him to leave.
Police said Barcelo armed herself with a blue Nike baseball bat that she keeps in her living room and pushed him with the bat while he was leaving before swinging it at him, hitting him on his right shoulder.
According to the report, Barcelo and another man attacked the guest while he was on the ground outside.
The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which included a laceration under his left eye, which was bleeding profusely.
Police said most of the party guests, including Barcelo, were “very intoxicated.”
Barcelo is a 2017 contestant in the Miss Florida USA pageant. Last year’s pageant was embroiled in controversy after Genesis Davila was stripped of her crown for what the pageant said was a violation of pageant rules.
Local 10 News contacted Miss Florida USA seeking comment on the arrest.
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