Woman accused of critically injuring former boyfriend with sledgehammer


 Name: RHODES, ANGELA ROSE
 Charge:  AGGRAV BATTERY-PERSON USES A DEADLY WEAPON
 Residence: Naples, FL 
 Age: 52

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  • Name: RHODES, ANGELA ROSE
  • Charge: AGGRAV BATTERY-PERSON USES A DEADLY WEAPON
  • Residence: Naples, FL
  • Age: 52

Video from NBC-2

A large picture frame takes up most of the passenger’s seat of a white Buick in Thommy Whidden’s East Naples front yard.

It’s a collage of images from nearly two decades spent with his former girlfriend Angela Rhodes, her two children and her grandson.

On Monday night, Collier County sheriff’s deputies also found a bloody sledgehammer in the car and arrested Rhodes, 52, accusing her of critically injuring Whidden, 48, after a recent breakup.

She faces a domestic violence charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Whidden remained in a medically-induced coma Tuesday.

Whidden was lying in road not breathing when deputies arrived at the 2900 block of Karen Drive around 9:40 p.m. Monday, according to an arrest report. He had injuries to the left side of his head and blood coming from his nose, eyes and mouth,

Rhodes was screaming at the scene and had to be restrained, reports said.

She initially said her adult son, Michael Thompson, injured Whidden and escaped in a pickup. She later told deputies there was a fight between Thompson, Whidden and a third man after her son stole her purse, filled with cash and prescription medication. Several neighbors observed three or four men at the scene, though her arrest report makes no mention of another person involved in injuring Whidden.

When a deputy asked Whidden who hit him, he replied “Angie,” and said the attack happened in the Buick, reports said.

The couple lived together for 18 years, but recently broke up, according to the arrest report and Thompson, who is Rhodes’ son.

“She couldn’t handle the fact he didn’t want to be with her anymore,” Thompson said. “She just snapped.”

Rhodes moved out, he said. But Thompson stayed, sharing the home with Whidden, whom he considers his stepfather.

When Rhodes arrived Monday night, Whidden talked with her while Thompson went inside, Thompson said. He said he returned 10 minutes later to find Whidden bloodied in the street and his mother screaming.

Whidden was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday. Thompson said he was in a medically-induced coma.

Monday night was the fourth visit by deputies since April to the Karen Drive home.

Deputies were called for a possible disturbance and a welfare check on Saturday, and again on Monday afternoon.

An April 17 fight, however, lead to Rhodes’ arrest on a criminal mischief charge. Angry that Whidden’s friend had come to the house to take her boyfriend out, Rhodes pummeled the hood of the friend’s car, causing $200 in damage, according to the arrest report.

She admitted to investigators at the time that she “lost her cool.” She was due in court today to face that misdemeanor charge.

Thompson said he hasn’t been to visit his mother in jail, and doesn’t plan on it. He supports Whidden, a man he described as a native Neapolitan, fisherman, “redneck,” and his best friend.

“I had to sit there and look at his lifeless body,” Thompson said. “This should have never happened,”

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Throat_Yogurt writes:

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naplesconservative writes:

in response to SNOWBIRD27:

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Now we need to ban sledge hammers so this does not happen again.

lSTlLLSPEAKFORGOD writes:

This woman probably just got done reading the comments on the NDN! Derp!

RainMan writes:

Just say no to Sledge Hammers....

I wonder if she had a carry permit for the hammer....

cozyboy writes:

It's Hanmmer Time

naplesnative73 writes:

in response to wonderfuI:

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The wise man talk because they have something to say.
And the fool, because they just have to say something.

SandnSurf writes:

NBC-2.com says the woman tried to blame her son for it. What a POS.

elcaballote writes:

Deport!

RayPray writes:

Thanks again East Naples for today's low-brow yuks!

skulljockey writes:

I'm sure Obama will issue a heart-felt statement that this woman was a victim of Rick Scott's fiscal policies.

sporttruck writes:

in response to wonderfuI:

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Yeah, leftwingers are too limp wristed to do something like this.

naplesconservative writes:

in response to Patriot_1:

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You obviously have no sense of irony or sarcasm. You make yourself look like a fool.

OP writes:

in response to Patriot_1:

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It is awful to have to explain a joke, but, because you are special...

Background- There is a long running dispute about whether the gun or the man is to blame when somebody gets shot. One side blames the gun and wants them banned, The other side says, no, it is the man who misused the gun who is to blame. The first party remains unmoved by the logic of the second party.

So, the joke is that any inanimate object should be banned, in the logic of the first party, if it is used as a weapon. In this case, the inanimate object is a sledge hammer. But, the same mocking connection can be made with any inanimate object which is used as a weapon. And, so, to further elaborate; this is a running joke meant to parody the nonsensical approach of members of the first party who wish to ban guns when banning guns will not eliminate violence.

suzy7 writes:

Good thing she only hit him with hammer,
looks like if she dogged on to him,
she probably would have broken his fool neck. lol

Tkdmom2000 writes:

in response to naplesnative73:

The wise man talk because they have something to say.
And the fool, because they just have to say something.

Well put.

drolds writes:

in response to Patriot_1:

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Guns? Pat, what the heck are you talking about? If Angela had a fly swatter I'm sure she could whip you up pretty dawg gone good.

RickScott writes:

He was askin' for it.

airboatboy writes:

I can't believe it....such a feminine, pretty, tiny lady........

cabagepalm writes:

He got both.

Chester writes:

Obumbles just lost two votes in November!

Robertofnaples writes:

She saw a Lovebug couple on his head and simply was trying to kill the bugs. Now everybody is up in arms about the killing of these bugs. What wieght sledge did she use? That would or could be a mitigating factor here.I suppose though, his insurance will cover this incident; now that we have Obama care. Just think, before they may have let him die.

Sick writes:

I can't imagine what he had to look like before he was beaten to stay with that for 18 years.

My god!

OP writes:

in response to puckdog:

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I believe you meant m-o-r-n-i-n-g.

swampbuggy writes:

in response to OP:

I believe you meant m-o-r-n-i-n-g.

No PD used the right spelling. Waking up next to her is spelled m-o-u-r-n-i-n-g. Silly language police.

buzzard1 writes:

I know these people Tommy is in a drug induced coma in ft myers Not looking good for him. He was pretty messed up He was hit in the face OUCH!!!
Hope Tommy makes it He is a nice guy

Creep writes:

I just locked my tool box in case she bonds out.

tampacoco writes:

Well if they have been to their house 3 times ,Oh well they deserve each other . If you want to live like Animals, then your treated like one I guess. I hope he makes it and She is put the Hell-O away for a long time.

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

OCDBIRD27, are you still upset you got banned?

Can you cry us a river?

okay writes:

If Janet Napolitano had a daughter, she would look like her........

swampbuggy writes:

in response to okay:

If Janet Napolitano had a daughter, she would look like her........

Now that's funny!

Ironbutterfly writes:

in response to puckdog:

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Too Funny....I guess he chose heads.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to Chester:

Obumbles just lost two votes in November!

Wonderful!

greathornedlizard writes:

If this happened in a car it wasn't a sledge hammer it was a singlejack.

that being said, NEVER leave deadly weapons around women, and think twice about acquiring tools that may come at you through the air, like a hatchet for instance..

I sleep all cramped up between three ferocious dogs for the sole purpose of keeping the lovely lady of the house from ending her life in jail.

beetlejuice writes:

she looks satisfied
my Gaaaaaaaaahd mugshots get better every day
wtf?

osamaisdead writes:

in response to columbia:

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she let herself go

Here4Now writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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Best comment award!

410 writes:

Sledge hammers don't kill people, people kill people.

SunStar writes:

No wonder...it's East Naples!

Raminar_Dixon writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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He's tho thor he can't thee thtwate.

OP writes:

in response to swampbuggy:

No PD used the right spelling. Waking up next to her is spelled m-o-u-r-n-i-n-g. Silly language police.

Lol, I see your point. But, language is important is deserve defense.

blefebvre writes:

in response to greathornedlizard:

If this happened in a car it wasn't a sledge hammer it was a singlejack.

that being said, NEVER leave deadly weapons around women, and think twice about acquiring tools that may come at you through the air, like a hatchet for instance..

I sleep all cramped up between three ferocious dogs for the sole purpose of keeping the lovely lady of the house from ending her life in jail.

You must be kidding. Do you have any tools? The TV remote could be used as a weapon! What if you dogs get into an argument while you in the middle?

playball writes:

DEPORT! Oh no forget it, she's ours!!!!

felipe writes:

in response to skulljockey:

I'm sure Obama will issue a heart-felt statement that this woman was a victim of Rick Scott's fiscal policies.

lol thanks for not disappointing me , i knew somebody would have to mention OBAMA !!! you people need to get over it cause he is going to be in for 4 more years !!! but thanks for the laughs !!! i actually had to keep my comment clean , my initial though had a donkey's part in it !!!

felipe writes:

in response to puckdog:

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lol the thought of waking up next to that for 18 years scares me !!! looks like the sledge hammer was the most humane way out of the relationship !!! my prayers go out to this dude , he might not make it , not a good thing getting sledge hammered !!! she needs to be locked up for a long time , this woman has mental problems !!!! that sucks that she tried to blame her son for something she did , what a low life !!!

Here4Now writes:

in response to johnwaynegacy:

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perhaps a little thorazine might help?

Here4Now writes:

I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure that thing's got a penis!

Here4Now writes:

You know it hit me like a hammer
Hit me like a five pound sledge.
You know it hit me, baby. - Huey Lewis

Here4Now writes:

I want to be your sledgehammer
why don't you call my name
you'd better call the sledgehammer
put your mind at rest
I'm going to be-the sledgehammer
this can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
let there be no doubt about it

Peter Gabriel

Here4Now writes:

If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Peter, Paul, and Mary

greathornedlizard writes:

in response to blefebvre:

You must be kidding. Do you have any tools? The TV remote could be used as a weapon! What if you dogs get into an argument while you in the middle?

A remote control won't kill me.
The dogs do occasionally act up, it's a little scary..

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