Airport surveillance video from the July 5th incident shows the woman arriving at the Miami terminal with a scarf around her face…that was later discovered to be hiding bruises from her beating.
Two Miami TSA officers said they detected something was wrong:
“When she came closer I realized she was black and blue on both sides of her face, her forehead. I noticed her shoulder looked like she had a big rug burn,” said a TSA officer named Ray, who did not want to use his full name nor show his face on television for security reasons. “Later on I found out from her that they had dragged her across the floor.”
She looked afraid, said another TSA officer, Danielle, who also did not want to be fully identified.
The woman reportedly took the beating at a Miami Best Western Motel room:
‘Detectives said the woman came to South Florida with a group on vacation – but it turned to a nightmare when one woman accused the victim having an intimate relationship with her boyfriend. She was then beaten and kidnapped, North Miami Police said.
She was forced to go to the bank and withdraw funds, threatened, and taken to the airport for a flight back to New Jersey, police said.’
The TSA agents used their training to get the woman out of danger as she was about to go through the security checkpoint:
“The way that she was acting, we actually thought it was a case of an abduction because she looked very young,” Danielle said.
Her partner approached her and asked her to come with them, Danielle added.
“She told us basically to help her and to take her away from the people that she was traveling with,” Danielle said.
Two women and two men were then arrested by authorities.
‘Melissa Pineiro is charged with kidnapping, robbery, false imprisonment and battery, and Tori Beato is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery and theft. They are pleading not guilty, have both bonded out of jail and will be back in Miami-Dade court Aug. 6, according to court records.
The two men were released.’
The TSA gets ripped a lot these days but a big KUDOS goes out to those agents. Job well done!!