When a driver cut her little sister off last month, 27-year-old Julie Sam was quick to defend her, following the two women into a Lauderdale Lakes parking lot on the side of U.S. 441 and escalating the shouting match into tag-team batting practice.
"I don't got time for this, I got a kid bruh," the driver, who started filming the confrontation on her phone, said to a slowly approaching Sam, armed with a wooden baseball bat.
"I got a kid, too. I don't give a f---," Sam responds, a small child peering from the front seat of her car. "I'll f--- your a-- up, f------ cracker-a-- b----."
“I’m not scared,” the driver, 26-year-old Mikeala Barboza, said. In an instant, the camera loses focus.
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It’s the moment Sam's sister, wearing a red sweatshirt, hit her in the head with a metal bat, Barboza said.
The road-rage beating left the driver with a broken nose, seven staples in the back of her head and seven stitches in the front, Barboza said.
In separate footage shot by a witness, Sam can be seen striking Barboza while her sister — 22-year-old Samantha Denis — wrestles her to the ground. A bystander quickly stopped the altercation, but the pair darted off before police arrived.
On Friday, Sam once again followed in her sister's footsteps — this time to join her at the Broward County Jail on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Her surrender came days after Denis' arrest on matching charges.
Denis later told police Barboza's use of a racial slur sparked the beating.
"You don't talk about black people, period," one of the sisters can be heard yelling after the fight was broken up. Barboza denied the allegation.
"What are you talking about?" she responded. "Trying to make it about race, stupid b----."
In retrospect, Barboza told the Herald days after the incident, she wouldn't have stepped out of her car if she knew the women were armed with bats.
"If I knew she'd have a bat I would've hauled butt, but it was too late," she said.